FOSTORIA — After a nearly two-year hiatus, Fostoria Police Department now has its new top cop.
Fostoria Fire Chief Keith Loreno was named chief of police during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.
Mayor Eric Keckler said the decision to appoint Loreno, who has served as the city’s fire chief since 2010, was unanimous among council members and the selection committee.
“The committee had a pretty strong feeling that (Loreno) would do a good job and he was a good choice,” he said. “We know the leadership style that (Loreno) has and the kind of unique opportunity where our fire chief also has very strong police background and credentials. Knowing what he brought to the table, we thought that was a good next step for our police department.”
The search for the new chief of police began after former Police Chief John McGuire retired in December 2013. McGuire had been on medical leave since July 2012. Fostoria Police Capt. Patrick Brooks, who has served as the interim head of the police department since McGuire went on leave, and Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Donald Joseph of Tiffin were the other finalists for the job.
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