Chief Wenner to Retire From Oil City if Hired by Sugarcreek Borough

| January 25, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Oil City Police Chief Robert (Bob) Wenner would technically be retiring from the Oil City Police Department to take a similar job with Sugarcreek Borough if/when he is officially hired by Sugarcreek following civil service proceedings.

But Wenner stressed that the retirement would be a paper retirement only.

“Yes, I can retire from Oil City,” Wenner said. “But, I will approach the Sugarcreek job with the same veracity and work-ethic as I have here in Oil City. I have no intention of slowing down. I look forward to serving the people of Sugarcreek in the same manner I have served those in Oil City.”

Oil City manager Mark Schroyer said the City was aware of the possibility that Wenner could be leaving his post with the City even before it was made public at Wednesday’s Sugarcreek Borough meeting.

“We were aware of the possibility,” Oil City Manager Mark Schroyer said.

Schroyer confirmed that Wenner can retire from the City, and that is what he expects him to do if/when the time comes.

“We are expecting him to submit his desire to retire,” Schroyer said. “It’s economically driven. He can take his retirement, his pension.”

Wenner said there has been no pressure to leave his job in Oil City, and, in fact, he is sure he would be welcomed to stay if he so chose.

Oil City councilman Ron Gustafson, in a Facebook post on the exploreVenango Facebook page, said that Wenner will be hard to replace.

“Chief Wenner is the hardest working police officer I have been acquainted with as a member of Oil City Council,” Gustafson wrote. “He will be difficult to replace. We will need someone with his passion for this difficult job.”

Gustafson told exploreVenango after Thursday’s council meeting that he was skeptical of Wenner at first, but the more he saw what he was doing, the more impressed he became with the chief’s ability.

“It’s not an easy job,” Gustafson said.

Wenner said while he will be said to see his time come to an end in Oil City, he is excited to see his career come full circle considering he started as a police officer in Sugarcreek Borough.

“I find it nostalgic considering I started in Sugarcreek in 1985,” Wenner said.

Schroyer said Oil City has already had discussions on what it will do when it receives Wenner’s retirement letter.

“We have talked about the transition behind the scenes,” Schroyer said. “We believe we will have about six weeks before a transition is needed. I think the story says he wouldn’t start at Sugarcreek until March 1.”

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