The Village of Genoa has trimmed its list of candidates for police chief down to two men.
A council committee has already interviewed Brad Weis, a Toledo Police Department captain, and is expected to interview Chad Milner, an Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office deputy, on Thursday, according to Village Administrator Kevin Gladden.
Weis has a number of other ties to Ottawa County. The Oak Harbor resident is also a current member of Oak Harbor Village Council.
And Milner already has a history with Genoa, having served as police chief until 2008 when he left to become a sheriff’s deputy.
The two were among the three final candidates selected by consultant Mark Putnam from the pool of applicants formed following the resignation of former Genoa Police Chief Bob Bratton in January. The third person, Mike McGee, dropped out during the search process after taking a job with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the administrator said.
Gladden, who is not part of the search committee, said he was unsure when the committee hoped to have a new police chief hired.
The decision, however, could come as soon as Monday when village council meets at town hall for its regular second meeting of the month.
Meanwhile, the police department has been overseen by interim Police Chief Todd Mocniak. The scheduling process turned a little more difficult last week when officer Kevin Miller left the department to take a job with an area casino, Gladden said.
Part-time officers are helping fill those patrolling niches, he said.
Bratton resigned in the wake of a theft in office scandal during his tenure as Ottawa County sheriff. According to an audit, he used more than $5,000 of Furtherance of Justice Funds on personal items such as clothing and prescription drugs as well as Cedar Point tickets to reward underprivileged children. The federal monies are issued to sheriff departments to help staff in law enforcement operations.
The mishandling of funds was found during a 2012 audit conducted by Ohio Secretary of State David Yost’s office. Bratton, who cooperated throughout the audit, paid back the money as well as the costs for the investigation. The Ottawa County prosecutor’s office decided not to file charges.
However, months later, the Cleveland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation reopened the case and filed a single felony charge against Bratton in U.S. District Court.
Bratton pleaded guilty Jan. 29. He is scheduled to be sentenced in May.