Fairfield Twp.’s new police chief once Dayton’s assistant chief

Fairfield Twp.’s new police chief once Dayton’s assistant chief

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Retired Dayton assistant police chief Robert Chabali was hired Wednesday night as Fairfield Twp.’s new police chief. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

Fairfield Twp. trustees unanimously hired retired Dayton assistant police chief Robert Chabali as the township’s top cop.

Chabali was selected out of 15 applicants for the position that became open following the resignation of former chief Matt Fruchey at the end of March.

Chabali retired from the Dayton Police Department. He was the assistant police chief from 2012 until 2015 and spent 36 years with the department.

From late March until Wednesday night, Fairfield Twp. police Sgt. Doug Lanier had served as acting chief, and was one of the three finalists for the job.

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