About the Candidate - Chief Larry Dordea
Pictured: Deanna, grandson Lincoln, and Chief Larry Dordea
A lifelong resident of Stark County, Lawrence (Larry) Dordea began his law enforcement career in his hometown at the age of 21, after graduating from Alliance High School and attending Stark State College.
During his 30 years with Alliance, he was promoted through the ranks, becoming police chief in July 1998. Under his leadership, the department was widely recognized for its grassroots, anti-drug efforts and the crime rate in Alliance was reduced by more than 50%.
Dordea has more than 35 years of hands-on, boots-on-the-ground local law enforcement experience. During his tenure as Alliance chief of police, he was widely recognized for his leadership, creativity and tactics, especially in the areas of drug enforcement and violent crime reduction, participating in the service of more than 1,000 search warrants and the arrests of hundreds of felons.
Dordea retired from Alliance to enter into the 2008 race for Stark County Sheriff. Dordea was hired by the Village of Hartville and quickly ascended to the position of police chief.
He is now in his second term of councilman in his hometown of Alliance, first serving as a councilman-at-large and most recently representing the Third Ward.
In addition to being a graduate of the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy and the Stark County Leadership Government Academy. Dordea also holds the following memberships:
- Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 73 (serving as a past president)
- Alliance For Children and Families (serving as a past president)
- Stark County Police Chiefs Association (serving as past president)
- FBI National Academy Associates
- Ohio Chiefs of Police
- International Association of Chiefs of Police
- Canton Exchange Club
- Rotary International (past member)
- Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 467
Larry and his wife Deanna have four children: Chris, Jillian, Adam and Alex.