Four Police Chief candidates to be interviewed

Interviews will take place August 1

By Darrell Wacker -

BUTLER TWP. — Butler Township has received four applications to fill the Chief of Police position being vacated by Interim Chief Rob Streck at the end of the month.

Streck has served as Interim Chief since the resignation of Chief John Cresie in January.

According to Administrator Erika Vogel’s July 26 report to the Trustees, interviews are to take place on August 1. Note that all biographical information was taken from resumes and application materials obtained through an open records request.

The four candidates in alphabetical order and most recent position held are:

  • Robert Chabali, Investigations Supervisor, Grandview Hospital Police Department
  • Chris Guthrie, Lieutenant, Butler Township Police Department
  • John Porter, Deputy Chief of Police, Trotwood Police Department
  • Thomas Thompson, Assistant Chief of Police, Miamisburg Police Department

Chabali was Assistant Chief of the Dayton Police Department from 2012-2015 and took the position as Investigations Supervisor at Grandview Hospital after his retirement in 2015. His law enforcement career began in 1978 and was entirely with the Dayton Police Department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with a major in Law Enforcement from Ohio State University.

Guthrie has been with the Butler Township Police Department since 2003 and has served as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant, and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2015 and currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Police. Prior to Butler Township, he was a firefighter/EMT in Englewood and Union and a Park Ranger in the Five Rivers Metro Parks. He also served as a police officer in Union and Perry Township. Guthrie holds an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University and has completed the Police Executive Leadership College in Columbus.

Porter has served as the Deputy Chief of Police in Trotwood since May. Prior to that, he served as a Captain since 2009 and was a sergeant in the Trotwood/Madison Township Police Department from 1994-2009. His Law Enforcement career begain in 1989 as a patrol officer for Madison Township. He has a diverse educational background attending the University of Dayton, Wright State University, and is currently a student at Sinclair Community College. He attended the Police Executive Leadership College in 2008.

Thompson has served as the Assistant Chief of Police in Miamisburg since 2012 after working his way up in the from a patrol officer over the past 21 years in the Miamisburg Police Department. During that time he has served as a patrol officer, patrol sergeant, administrative sergeant, and a Criminal Investigation Sergeant prior to being promoted to Assistant Chief. No educational background is listed on his resume.
Interviews will take place August 1

By Darrell Wacker

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.