Medina names Chad Kenward new police chief

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 November 2015 at 12:00 am

Chad Kenward

MEDINA – The next police chief in Medina is a familiar face to many in the community.

Chad Kenward worked several years as the school resource officer in Medina Central School. In that role, Kenward was an officer with the Medina Police Department spending much of his time in the school district. (Jason Barnum is working as school resource officer this school year after Kenward served about eight years in the position.)

Kenward, a Medina native, will take over as police chief in late December, succeeding Jose Avila, who is retiring after serving 17 years as chief.

The Medina Village Board appointed Kenward chief on Monday. He will lead a department that has seen several veteran officers retire recently.

Kenward is also a member of the Orleans County Multi-Agency SWAT Team. He met with the community on Oct. 4 during an open house at the Medina Fire Department, an event that was part of fire prevention week.