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News Release - Deputy Cheif

Mansfield, Ohio – Mansfield Mayor Donald R. Culliver today announced the appointment of Lieutenant Tobie Smith, a 25 year veteran of the Division of Police as the new Deputy Chief of Police. She replaces James Boyer who retired on April 8, 2010 following 37 years of service with the Division.


Smith, 45 served as a Police Dispatcher and Parking Control Officer from 1985 until 1989 when she began her career as a police officer. Since then she has served has a DARE Officer, Community Policing Officer and Juvenile Detective before being promoted to Sergeant in March of 2000. As a Sergeant Tobie served in the Patrol Section and later as the Training Officer until her promotion to Lieutenant in 2007. Lieutenant Smith served as the Dayshift Patrol Section Commander from February 2007 through July 2008 at which time she was re-assigned to the Professional Standards Section. While there she coordinated Recruitment and Hiring, Training and the Accreditation process helping the Division of Police maintain National CALEA Accreditation.


“Tobie is an experienced professional whose background in law enforcement and energy has prepared her to assume the role as the first female Deputy Chief of Police in our history” according to Chief Messer. Her ability to work well with those inside and out of the Division combined with her self motivation makes her the best choice fo this position. Lieutenant Smith often volunteers for projects that allow our residents to become more involved with our officers such as the Citizens On Patrol Program and many youth initiatives.


“Tobie and our selection for the next Chief of Police will make a great team as we move forward and continue to focus on delivering the best service to our community”, Culliver said. “We have many challenges policing in a time of reduced resources and I am confident they can meet the demands necessary to keep Mansfield safe”.


Although Chief Messer is not scheduled to retire until January of next year, he and Mayor Culliver agree that succession planning in the police department will provide the greatest opportunity that the department will continue to move forward. Chief Messer stated there are many special projects underway including significant software upgrades, technology implementation and several federal and state grants or applications in process for next year. We must also plan budget variations and soon the renewal of the City Safety Levy.


Mayor Culliver has selected Lieutenant Dino Sgambellone to succeed Messer. Dino has proven his ability to excel in nearly every area of policing while volunteering to be the architect of many grants resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars for the police department. Lieutenant Sgambellone currently serves as the Section Commander for the Special Investigative Section which includes the METRICH Enforcement Unit’s Richland County Office. He is also the operations commander for the Regional Office of METRICH and assumed a much greater role at that level when Messer was named Interium Safety Director.


Dino began his career with the Division of Police in 1991 and soon became a member of the SWAT Team and was later assigned as a Narcotics Detective to METRICH. He was re-assigned to the Patrol Section in 2000 when he was promoted to Sergeant where he was instrumental in researching and later helping to implement the Mobile Data Terminal used by officers today. Since his promotion to Lieutenant he has been assigned to Special Investigations and METRICH where he is currently assigned and will remain until late this year.


Lieutenant Sgambellone served with the United States Air Force from 1987-1990 where he began his educational journey. Dino currently holds a MBA and plans to complete his PhD in Public Service Leadership with Public Safety Specialization later this year.


Chief Messer stated he believes each individual possess the skills and leadership ability to move the department in a positive direction while continuing to explore new opportunities.



Lieutenant Tobie Smith will take the official Oath of Office on June 10, 2010 at 1:30pm in Council Chambers.