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
“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.