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Media Advisory
News Date: October 30, 2019

Search Committee Announces Finalists for Chief of Police

The search committee for the next Columbus Chief of Police has announced five finalists for the position:

  • D. Samuel Dobson, Assistant Chief of Police, National Railroad Corporation (AMTRAK), Washington, D.C.
  • Alexander Jones, Colonel, Chief of Community Relations Bureau, Baltimore County Police Department, Townsend, Maryland
  • Paul Neudigate, Assistant Police Chief/Patrol Bureau Commander, Cincinnati Police Department, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Thomas Quinlan, Interim Chief of Police, City of Columbus Division of Police
  • Perry Tarrant, former Assistant Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department, Seattle, Washington

“We had a strong pool of applicants for the Chief of Police position from across the country,” said Deputy Chief of Staff Dawn Tyler Lee who is leading the search. “After robust discussion from the search committee, we have narrowed the number of candidates to five to interview in person.”

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced community involvement and a nationwide search for the next chief after former Chief Kim Jacobs retired in February. Surveys and roundtable discussions with police officers and community members were held. Results were incorporated into a job description by the search firm of Ralph Anderson and Associates that then resulted in 36 total applicants.

“I am looking for a change agent who will pursue innovation and excellence in policing, someone who will use the recommendations of the resident-led Safety Advisory Commission as a roadmap to guide the Division,” said Mayor Ginther. “I am looking for someone committed to increasing diversity among police officers, aligning how we police with community expectations, and approaching this position as an opportunity to serve and protect every person in every neighborhood.”

Candidates will be interviewed by the search committee, Mayor Ginther, City Council Safety Chair Mitch Brown and Director of Public Safety Ned Pettus on November 6 and 7. The search committee will then further narrow the field and bring those candidates back for a community forum.

The next Chief of Police could be announced by the end of the year.