Boley promoted to sergeant with Columbiana Police

Longtime Columbiana officer and Detective Wade Boley was promoted to sergeant recently. He was sworn in to the position by Municipal Attorney Amanda Banner, and his wife, Jamie Boley, pinned his new badge on during the meeting.(Salem News photo Katie White)

COLUMBIANA – Over the last 25 years Wade Boley has served the city’s police department in nearly every capacity and was recently promoted to sergeant.

Police Chief Tim Gladis said Boley scored the highest on the civil service test for the vacant position. He was promoted to the position last week and sworn in before city council on Tuesday.

Gladis said Wade was one of five who took the test in late July and the department is required to promote the top scorer.

“Wade will be a valuable addition to our leadership team. He has impressive qualifications and he understands our mission, vision and values,” Gladis said.

According to information provided by Gladis, Boley was first introduced to the Columbiana Police Department in 1992 while still in high school by joining the Explorer Post.

Two years later, after graduating from the Southern Local High School, he joined the department’s auxiliary force. Later that year he was hired part-time as an emergency dispatcher.

By 1995 Boley had graduated from the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy in London, Ohio, and was hired as a part-time patrol officer by December of that year. During that same year he also became a certified EMT and served on the city’s EMS department.

Boley began working as a full-time patrolman in July of 1998 and in 2010 was assigned to the Detective Division as the department’s primary investigator until 2017, according to the information.

Boley took over the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in 2011 and is a certified DARE school resource officer. He has taught the program in both Columbiana and Heartland Christian Schools.

His extensive work in law enforcement also includes serving on the Columbiana County Homicide Task Force and on the Special Response Team for the county Sheriff’s Office in which he regularly participates in tactical high risk enforcement operations.

Boley is a certified cell phone and computer forensics analyst, rescue and recovery scuba diver and one of the original members of the ADAPT Team for the Columbiana and Crestview area.

He is also a combat veteran, having spent three years of service in the Army and three years in the Air Force. In 2004, he completed a deployment to Iraq.

He is the recipient of the Air Medal, Ohio Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement medals and the Global War on Terrorism medal.

Boley obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Air Force and was honorably discharged in 2006.

In addition to his work on the city police force, Boley is currently serving the county as a forensic investigator for the county coroner’s office and holds nationally recognized credentials through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

He also teaches at Kent State University and specializes in crime scene management, death investigation, interview and interrogation, tactical operations and self defense.

He holds an instructor certificate for tactical combat casualty care and is a state certified law enforcement officer through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, according to his staff biography.

Gladis said the department will need to assign four of Boley’s positions to other officers now that he has been promoted, and those are detective, DARE Officer, Special Response Team member, and homicide task force officer.

“Columbiana is a great city, and a great city to work in. It’s been a pleasure serving the city of Columbiana over the last 25 years. I look forward to getting back on the road and being visible in the afternoons and serving the city in my new role,” Boley said.