Archbold, OH

Police Chief Search Down To Five

Martin Schmidt

Martin Schmidt

Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said five candidates have been selected for interviews in the search for a new Archbold police chief.

Martin Schmidt, current chief, announced his retirement after 35 years with APD.

His last day is Friday, Nov. 28.

Howell said village officials hope to have someone in the position by then.

There were 20 applicants for the post. Some applications were from current members of the Archbold Police Department.

The five finalists are being interviewed this week. Howell said he didn’t know how many rounds of interviews will be held.

An Archbold native and 1978 AHS graduate, Schmidt graduated from the Defiance Police Academy in 1980.

He earned an associate degree in law enforcement technology from Owens Community College in 1981.

Schmidt joined APD as a patrolman and was promoted to assistant chief before becoming police chief in 1992, succeeding the late Richard “Dick” Purdy in the post.

Over the years, Schmidt has continued his training. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, and the Northwestern University School for Staff and Command.

When asked about his retirement plans, Schmidt said he will occupy his time by “harassing the Archbold Buckeye.”

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