#minorsextrafficking | Portage County sheriff’s first year saw a lot of changes and activity


From implementing needed repairs and maintenance at the Portage County Justice Center to forming a new SWAT Team, Sheriff Bruce Zuchowski’s first year in office has been a busy one.

“What we basically did, and we feel pretty proud about this, is we really professionalized our agency,” said Chief Deputy Ralph Spidalieri.

Zuchowski was elected in November 2020 and began his new job at the start of 2021. He had previously been with the Ohio State Highway Patrol for 25 years before retiring in 2017. More recently, he was a special and then part-time deputy with the sheriff’s office before running for the top job.

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He has said that he had no intention of being simply a caretaker at the sheriff’s office, but had a long list of improvements he wanted to make.



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