Niles begins search for candidate to replace retiring police chief

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NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – The City of Niles’ Civil Services Commission will be holding a test to determine who will replace retiring Police Chief Robert Hinton.

Hinton submitted his letter of resignation to Mayor Tom Scarnecchia on Monday and will retire Thursday.

For Mayor Tom Scarnecchia, it didn’t come as a surprise when Hinton announced his plans to resign after 32 years on the force.

“I had a feeling it was coming because he had some health problems, but I know I’m sure gonna miss him and so is his department.”

Now the commission is tasked with creating a competitive test for qualified applicants interested in filling the position.

“Of the qualified applicants, the person scoring highest is the person who gets the job,” said Chairman Tom Harwood. “Usually the test will take place within 60 days after we receive the notification. That could be lengthened a little bit. It could be as much as 90 days out.”

Those officers qualified to take the test include the department’s current five captains.

Capt. Ken Criswell has already said that he won’t be testing, but Capt. John Marshall and acting Chief Jaisan Hollland have both shown interest.

“That’s probably the two that you’re going to see take the test, although two of the other three are likely to probably take it as well,” Marshall said.

“It will immediately create another vacancy, so what this is like dominoes. There will be other vacancies created because of the selection of the new chief,” Harwood said.

Officials expect a new chief to be named by mid-September.

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