Linden Neighborhood Conversation

Robin Davis
Director of Media Relations

Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager

Media Advisory
News Date: April 30, 2019

City of Columbus Hires Community Engagement Firm and Launches Website to Keep Residents Up to Date on Police Chief Search

The City of Columbus hired The Saunders Company to lead community engagement efforts in the selection of the next chief of police and also announced the launch of a website to keep residents informed on the process. 

“Community involvement is crucial in our search for the next chief of police,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “We have hired a respected local firm to help with outreach and launched a website to make up-to-date information on the search available.”

Based in central Ohio, The Saunders Company has many years of experience in community engagement. The contract with the City of Columbus, worth $49,900, was awarded after proposals were received from a total of three public relations firms. Outreach with the community will begin in May.

“We selected The Saunders Company not only because of their proven track record, but also because they proposed creative ideas on how to engage the community,” said Dawn Tyler Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Ginther, who is heading the search.

In addition, the City launched a website that houses information about the status of the search including the timeline, videos of search committee meetings and other materials.