New Strongsville Police Chief Named

Second-in-command James Kobak to take the top spot Oct. 1


Deputy Chief James Kobak is expected to take over at Strongsville police chief on Monday.

He will replace current Chief Charles Goss, who is retiring Sept. 30. 

Kobak could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Mayor Tom Perciak said Kobak scored highest on a cival service promotional exam.

He is slated to take the oath of office at Monday's City Council meeting.

Goss will also start a new job on Monday -- as safety director for the city. He will oversee the police and fire departments and Mayor's Court.

Perciak indicated he did not want to lose Goss' knowledge and years of experience.

"We need someone of his expertise here," Perciak said.

Jillian September 27, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Where is the money coming from ffor Goss's position or will the mayor gove back the salary now that he no longer be serving ?????
Debbie Palmer September 27, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Jillian, as I understand it, most of the money for Goss' salary will come from the person he's replacing in mayor's court, who retired.
kenneth malady September 27, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Are you sure Debbie ??? Who was the person who retired ?
Debbie Palmer September 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Kenneth, I'll double check. But I was told by city council members, who had also questioned the expenditure, that they agreed to fund the safety director position full-time for that reason. All that discussion took place in executive session, so the media didn't hear it first-hand.
John Wells September 28, 2012 at 01:00 AM
This is just the mayor creating a double dipping position as a thank you. Nobody retired, not at 95K per year.
John Wells September 28, 2012 at 01:00 AM
And thats why they did it in executive session, no busybodys to ask questions
Dick Satterwaite September 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Charlie Goss is the best thing that happened to the Strongsville police if the 55 years that I have lived here. His expertise and professional experience would be a loss to the comunity. The money will be well spent. I expect that Jim Kobak will carry on the exemplary example set by Charlie Goss. Congradulations to them both.
John Wills September 28, 2012 at 02:22 PM
An out of touch Chief will now be an out of touch safety director? Nice job Perciak! Way to find money to create a full time position during a hiring freeze.
AJK October 01, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Debbie Palmer, does that person in mayors court make six figures?
AJK October 01, 2012 at 06:42 PM
John Willis, you took the words right out of my mouth. thank you
John Wells October 01, 2012 at 08:30 PM
A couple of years ago the poilcemen and firemen campaigned against the mayors issue that would have let him hire anyone for chief, no more civil service, so that Goss and the fire chief could stay on after retiring. Just a backdoor way around the voters wishes (again).
AJK October 01, 2012 at 08:57 PM
They always play the backdoor game in Strongsville Politics. Now watch they will have a hiring freeze on manpower and promote more officers, which means less cops on the street. Does anyone realize that Goss will not only be collecting a pension but probably DROP money, Deffered Comp on top of his salary for safety director which is going to pay at least six figures if he is going to be in control of the police and fire chiefs. This is a public employee that just built a house for over half a million dollars in Strongsville. Money well spent PERCIAK, money well spent. Now lets see if these Strongsville cops get a raise, I'm guessing they will not!
Tom Brennan October 01, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Manpower at both the police and fire departments has decreased markedly (through retirements, etc.). The new police station has been completed, though that was against the will of the electorate. The fire station master plan is also completed. Strongsville's population has leveled off, if not decreased, over the past few years. This city has not needed a full time safety director in the past. So why now? The previous posters have hit the nail on the head: all of the reasons stated above are what spurred this decision. And meanwhile, except for Schonhut's original opposition to the creation of the position, the remainder of council just continue to approve the mayor's dirty work.
AJK October 01, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I think as Strongsville citizens we should keep Mr. Goss's new position in check and see what he is exactly doing. Your words exactly Tom Brennan, This city has never needed a safety director so why now? He will have nothing to do. the police and fire departments run themselves. Now they will have to go through another person instead of just reporting to the mayor when they can't make decisions for themselves. Look up all the members in the chamber of commerce. All the big wigs of Strongsville and they all back each other no matter how the majority votes. I think we all need to KEEP THIS SAFETY DIRECTOR IN CHECK and KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HIS JOB REALLY IS!


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