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Media Advisory
News Date: January 22, 2019

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Announces Deputy Chief Thomas A. Quinlan to Serve As Interim Chief Of Police

National Search for Permanent Chief to be led by Deputy Chief of Staff Dawn Tyler Lee

COLUMBUS, OH – Mayor Andrew J. Ginther today announced that Deputy Chief of Police Thomas A. Quinlan will serve as interim Chief of Police following the retirement of current Chief Kimberley Jacobs on February 8, 2019, at a press conference at the Reeb Avenue Community Center, 280 Reeb Ave. Mayor Ginther also announced next steps in the national search for a permanent chief.

After thanking Chief Jacobs for her service, Mayor Ginther said, “Deputy Chief Quinlan has an excellent reputation within the Division of Police and has been instrumental in collaborative efforts with the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission. I appreciate his service and leadership and believe he will take this opportunity to make real advances in the way we police as we look for a permanent replacement for Chief Jacobs.”

“I am grateful to Mayor Ginther for this opportunity to lead our safety forces during the transformations to come,” said Deputy Chief Quinlan. “I commit to all of our safety personnel that I will undertake change with a balanced approach of the community’s needs with officers’ expectations and safety. I ask the community to join us – literally -- as we pursue the Mayor’s goal of doubling diversity over the next 10 years and becoming the model of what community/police partnerships can achieve when we form trusting and transparent relationships.”
Deputy Chief Quinlan joined Columbus Division of Police in 1989 as a member of the 76th recruit class. He has held assignments in patrol, forgery/fraud and the Sexual Abuse Unit. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Human Resource Administration from Central Michigan University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. 

“I have complete faith in Deputy Chief Quinlan’s ability to lead the Division of Police into the future, smoothly picking up where I left off in our efforts to constantly improve our service to the people of Columbus,” said Chief Jacobs. “Deputy Chief Quinlan has been a leader in our recruiting and community engagement efforts. He is decisive, always acts in good faith and in accordance with our values. I will look forward to watching him lead the Division members, who I consider my family, to new heights of professionalism and service for the community I care so much about.”

Mayor Ginther also announced that Dawn Tyler Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff for External Affairs, would be leading the search for the permanent chief. In the coming weeks, Lee will establish an advisory committee to help guide the process and issue a Request for Proposal to contract with a national search firm. The process will be open, transparent and focused on direct community engagement.

“The selection of a police chief is arguably one of the most important appointments a mayor will make,” said Lee. “I'd like to express my gratitude to Mayor Ginther for entrusting me with this process and for the opportunity to serve my community in this capacity. As someone who has lived most of my life in Columbus, it is truly an honor.”