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News Date: November 07, 2019

Search Committee Announces Two Finalists And Public Forum for Police Chief

The search committee for the next Columbus Police Chief has narrowed down its search to two finalists for the position:

·         Thomas Quinlan, Interim Police Chief, City of Columbus Division of Police

·         Perry Tarrant, former Assistant Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department, Seattle, Washington

“These two candidates best represent what we are looking for in our next Police Chief – a transformational leader, change agent, innovator who will achieve excellence using the model of 21st century policing,” said Deputy Chief of Staff Dawn Tyler Lee who is leading the search.

A public forum to meet the two candidates will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at 6 p.m. at East High School, 1500 E. Broad St. The forum will be livestreamed.

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. This week, five candidates met with the search committee. Mayor Ginther, City Council Safety Chair Mitch Brown and Director of Public Safety Ned Pettus met with Interim Chief Quinlan and Tarrant.

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