HUDSON — A new era for the city’s police department began on Monday when Perry Tabak took the reins as the city’s law enforcement leader.

With family, friends and work colleagues looking on, Tabak, 48, was sworn in as the city’s new police chief by Mayor David Basil in the police department’s training room Friday afternoon. About 70 people were in attendance, including Tabak’s former boss, Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis, as well as Cuyahoga Falls Fire Chief Paul Moledor, Stow Police Chief Jeff Film and Munroe Falls Police Chief Jerry Hughes.

“I’m honored to have been chosen as the chief of the Hudson Police Department,” Tabak said. “I’m going to commit myself to seeking ways to provide the highest quality service to the Hudson community. I’m also committed to ensuring that the officers and staff of the Hudson Police Department are properly trained, equipped and supported [to] ensure their safety and successful careers.”

Tabak has built strong relationships with his former Cuyahoga Falls police co-workers, many of whom were in the audience, and said he is looking forward to establishing similar bonds with Hudson officers and city staff.

Tabak said he will spend the first couple of weeks trying “to get to know people and kind of get the lay of the land.”

Hudson’s new chief said he is “a big proponent” of community engagement and officer development.

“I think they go hand in hand,” said Tabak.

He says officers are “able to provide better services” when they’ve had more training and education.

Tabak said he’s learned from his previous supervisors, as well as other officers, and is looking forward to doing the same in Hudson. 

“I’m always looking to learn new things from people,” said Tabak. “I don’t really have any set plans on making any vast, sweeping changes in the first week.”

“I’m excited for our future together and as a fellow team member striving to serve those citizens, I welcome the opportunity to participate with you in that mutual endeavor,” said Mayor David Basil.

Tabak was selected as Hudson’s new chief in August following a multi-month process that began following the retirement of David Robbins in April.

City Manager Jane Howington said a chief should have the skills to both serve the community and lead the police department.

Howington said Tabak offers “a wide range of experience in all facets of law enforcement, including safety, community-police relations, transparency, staffing, training, crisis response, and advanced technology and data solutions. We are fortunate to have Chief Tabak on our team.”

Basil said he felt Tabak’s “approachability and sense of humor” made him stand out among the candidates.

“I thought he exhibited a real fine and appropriate and delicate sense of humor,” said Basil. “And I really appreciated it because it’s a serious position and sometimes you have to have that perspective.”

Tabak served as captain/special operations commander and SWAT commander for the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department since 2015 and has worked for the department for 24 years. Before becoming a captain in the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department, he was a lieutenant/special operations supervisor/SWAT commander from 2013 to 2015, and a sergeant/training bureau supervisor/assistant SWAT commander from 2011 to 2012. Tabak also supervised the detective bureau from 2004 to 2011 and has been a K-9 handler for the department since 1999.

Tabak earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management from Union Institute & University in 2011 and is currently working on a master’s degree in justice administration from Tiffin University. He attained an associate’s degree from Lakeland Community College in 2003 and graduated from Cleveland Heights Police Academy in 1993.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, pkeren@recordpub.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.