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
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