Wenner Officially Named Sugarcreek Chief

| February 7, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Sugarcreek Borough Council officially appointed Oil City Police Chief Bob Wenner as the borough’s new chief of police on Wednesday.

Council members unanimously passed a motion to appoint Wenner as the new chief after he was certified by the borough’s Civil Service Commission in a private interview.

According to Sugarcreek Borough Manager Joe Sporer, Wenner will officially take over as Chief on March 4.

Sugarcreek Borough Mayor, Charles McDaniel, told ExploreVenango.com the borough council members are pleased to be moving forward with Chief Wenner.

“We’re excited that he’s coming on board and we’re looking forward to the future,” McDaniel said.

Wenner will technically be retiring from the Oil City Police Department to take the position, though as he previously stated, it would be a “paper retirement” only and he’ll be fully dedicated to assuming the same position in Sugarcreek.

Wenner has prior law enforcement experience in Sugarcreek, having worked as a patrolman in the Borough from 1985 to 1989 before moving on to the Oil City Police Department. He worked his way up through the ranks in Oil City, with promotions to Sergeant and then Lieutenant in the late 1990s before being named chief in 2002.

The position that Wenner will be filling in Sugarcreek has been vacant since August when Matt Carlson retired. Carlson had served as the borough’s Police Chief since 2009.

Since Carlson’s retirement, Lt. Ryan Ashbaugh, who has been with Sugarcreek Borough Police Department for nearly 20 years, has been serving as the interim chief of police. He will continue to act as interim chief until Chief Wenner’s starting date.


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