Frisone declines post; Aurora again looking for police chief

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Aurora Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin announced Sept. 4 that David Frisone, the nominee for Aurora police chief, has decided not to accept the post.

She said that he indicated his personal circumstances had changed in the last two months, causing him to withdraw and remain in his current position.

Frisone would have replaced Chief Seth Riewaldt, who retired the end of June. A formal search was conducted by a committee consisting of the mayor, Law Director Dean DePiero, Councilman Dennis Kovach, Riewaldt, and Dr. Dixie Benshoff Ludick, with United States Marshal Pete Elliott as adviser.

The committee considered 23 applicants and narrowed the field to nine who then completed a detailed assessment process conducted by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.

“The rigorous search process served us well and will continue to serve us, since we still have a number of qualified candidates remaining to consider,“ Womer Benjamin said. “We will review our top choices and evaluate our options. I am optimistic that we will secure a new appointment shortly.”

Lt. Rob Hagquist was named interim chief after Riewaldt’s retirement and will continue to serve in that capacity.

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