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New police chief announced

July 10, 2017
Town Crier

Boardman Township Hall was full of police chiefs on Friday as neighboring communities helped welcome Boardman Township's next police chief. Trustees officially announced Todd D. Werth, who has been a Boardman resident for the past 19 years, as its new chief.

"Just being able to work in my community, I can't say how excited I am," Werth said.

Werth said when he got out of the Army he was looking for the best possible place to buy a home and raise a family. He said Boardman was a great choice.

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier

Pictured at the announcement of Boardman’s new police chief were, in front, Boardman Trustees Brad Calhoun, Tom Costello, Larry Moliterno, and fiscal officer William Leicht, and in back, Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene, Youngstown police Chief Robin Lees, retiring Boardman police Chief Jack Nichols, incoming Boardman chief and present FBI agent Todd Werth, City of Canfield police Chief Chuck Colucci, Austintown police Chief Bob Gavalier, and Beaver Township police Chief Carl Frost.

Werth had served as an FBI agent since 1997. In 2009, he became the Cleveland FBI training coordinator and in 2013 took over the role of supervisory senior resident agent for the Bureau's Youngstown office, which covers the tri-county area. Werth manages and oversees sensitive investigations conducted in the areas of violent crime, drugs, gangs, organized crime, public corruption, white collar crime, domestic and international terrorism, and other violations of federal, state and local laws.

Werth was one of three finalists selected by trustees in an unusual turn of events.

"We interviewed 11 candidates," said Trustee Tom Costello. "Then we took a couple weeks to give serious thought to the matter. We each made our own independent recommendations for the final three. Amazingly, we had all selected the same three."

He said any of the three would have done a great job, but one had to be chosen and Werth seemed to be the right fit.

"Jack Nichols was the template and whoever we chose had some pretty big shoes to fill," said Trustee Brad Calhoun.

Werth agreed with Calhoun and admitted the Boardman Department is running very efficiently.

"The biggest [immediate] challenge I see is coming into a successful department," he said. "How do I continue that?"

Other focus areas for Werth include the opioid epidemic in the community and schools. He believes continued education, care and enforcement will help get it under control.

As for working with neighboring communities, Werth is already familiar with neighboring townships.

"I feel I have already been a part of local law enforcement," he said. "I have worked cases with local law enforcement and we have two Boardman officers on our FBI Task Force. This should be an easy transition, plus it will be a two-stop sign drive to work now."

Werth will be taking over the position from retiring Chief Jack Nichols in January. In his role with the FBI, he is already a member of the Mahoning Valley Chiefs of Police Association, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Crime Clinic of Greater Youngstown. He is the recipient of the FBI Director's High Impact Leadership Award and the FBI Master Instructor Award.



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