“I’m excited,” were the words Paul Long said in response to congratulations from Sylvania Township trustees after they named him as the next chief of the Sylvania Township police department.
At the time of the announcement he was a captain in the Toledo Police Division, commanding the Scott Park district station.
It may be “a couple of weeks,” before he assumes his new duties as chief, because he said there are some issues he’s dealing with for Toledo police which he’ll need to wrap up before he formally leaves the division.
George Kral, chief of Toledo police said, “Captain Long has been a valuable asset to my executive leadership team for years. He has always been an asset in every sense of the word and will be sorely missed. Sylvania Township’s police department will now have a proven leader who will instill high quality leadership and moral compass to an already fantastic agency.”
He replaces Robert Boehme who retired as chief at the end of last year.
The newly-named chief has been a resident of the Sylvania area for 30 years and said that the job interested him in part because of his knowledge of the area and its attractive qualities.
The level and types of crime which are dealt with in the township are different, he said, than what he’s been dealing with as commander of the Scott Park station, but policing is still law enforcement.
Chief Long said he has no immediate plans to make any changes in the day-to-day operation of the township department.
The first task, he said, will be to get to know the people of the department and for them to get to know him.
As that process moves along, he said he’ll decide if he thinks any structural changes are called for.
He was chosen from among six candidates each of whom took two written tests and were interviewed by the trustees.
Also taking part in the interview process was Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn.
John Zeitler, township administrator, said the trustees thought that someone with current working knowledge of law enforcement would be beneficial in the process. He said having the sheriff on board was very helpful during the process.
He received a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from the University of Toledo in 1984. He is also a 2002 graduate of the FBI National Academy.
The newly-named chief began his Toledo police career in 1985 when he was president of his class in the police academy.
He was promoted to sergeant in 1988 and lieutenant in 1991.
In 2011, he was promoted to captain and placed in charge of the Scott Park station.
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