BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Boardman will be getting a new police chief next year — a U.S. Army veteran who spent 19 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Todd Werth will start in his new position as Boardman police chief on January 1, 2018.
Each day, 125,000 people pass through Boardman — a major retail hub. The township also has the Mahoning Valley’s two most dangerous intersections along Route 224 at South Avenue and Market Street.
That’s why the position of Boardman police chief is one of the area’s top law enforcement jobs.
“This was a very difficult decision,” said Boardman Trustee Thomas Costello.
After an executive session lasting an hour and 20 minutes, trustees unanimously voted to hire Werth late Thursday afternoon.
“Throughout the interview process, his outstanding experience — eight years in the military and almost 20 years in the FBI, most of that in supervisory positions, his experience on different task forces — gave us a complete comfort that he was going to be able to take our department to the next level,” Costello said.
Werth, a Boardman resident of 19 years, has been the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent for the Youngstown office of the FBI since May 2013. He also manages and oversees investigations of violent crime, drugs, gangs, organized crime, public corruption, white collar crime, and domestic and international terrorism.
Before that, Werth was an FBI training coordinator in Cleveland for four years and an FBI special agent for 12 years. He received the FBI Director’s High Impact Leadership Award and the FBI Master Instructor Award.
Werth is certified in tactical instruction, police instruction, firearms instruction, crisis management instruction, active shooter, and criminal investigations.
He is also a member of several police groups.
Werth will oversee a department of 85 people — including 63 officers and 17 dispatchers. Boardman police deal with every type of crime, from the lowest misdemeanors to the worst felonies.
He will take over for current Chief Jack Nichols, who is retiring at year’s end.
“Jack was the type of person that everybody looks up to, feels comfortable with, respects him, and he has absolute integrity. We were looking to model that,” Costello said.
Werth said he’s looking forward to working with the 85-person department.Watch: New Boardman police chief says he looks forward to job
“Coming into an outstanding department, one area that I’d like to look at is how are we protecting the children? How are we protecting the elderly in our community? Any society or community that does well, they’re going to be successful,” Werth said.
Werth said in the coming months, he’ll begin job-shadowing Chief Nichols. He plans to take over the position full-time in January.
The other two finalists considered for the chief position were Youngstown Policeman Rod Foley and Boardman Police Sgt. Glen Riddle.