OBERLIN — Cake and cheers welcomed Elyria police Sgt. Clarence Warfield into his new role as Oberlin police chief.
Warfield was sworn in by Oberlin Municipal Court Judge Thomas Januzzi in Oberlin City Hall on Monday night.
“I am so grateful for this awesome opportunity,” Warfield said. His family and officers from Elyria and Oberlin joined in to the ceremony. “It’s a great honor to be named your police chief, and Lord willing I will look forward to many years of serving you all.”
Warfield replaces Chief Juan Torres, who resigned in December after 15 months into the job. Oberlin Sgt. Michael McCloskey took the helm in the interim.
The new chief said it’s his mission to improve policing in the city.
“My goal is to install the golden rule. Treat people better than you want to be treated. Treat people like your mom and dad,” Warfield said. “I know we have work to do, and I know I have your support. We will provide a quality service and protect this community and be transparent and open to all ideas.”
In Elyria, Warfield’s sergeant’s position is being filled by Brandon Poole, who was promoted Monday from patrolman to the higher rank in a ceremony at Elyria City Hall.
Poole joined the department in 2011 and quickly earned recognition as a young officer. He has been a face of the city’s diversity recruitment program and was honored this year with a police commendation for actions while on duty.
Reporter Lisa Roberson contributed to this story.
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