Mayor Message

Media Relations Team

Melanie Crabill
Director of Media Relations
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Kevin Kilbane
Director of Communications
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News Releases

September 3, 2021

Earlier today, I announced my appointment of Robert Clark as the new Director of Public Safety.

Some of you may recognize Robert’s name from our search for police chief. He was one of the finalists under consideration, but ultimately it was decided his background and expertise were better suited for the role of safety director, when the position became available.

Robert has 35 years of local, federal and international law enforcement experience and most recently served as the national police superintendent for Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to that, much of his career was spent with the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office. There he earned a reputation for developing community engagement strategies that ultimately helped the FBI make serious gains in reducing violent crime and breaking up notorious gangs in some of LA’s most challenged neighborhoods.

Robert has Ohio roots, and a very compelling story that led him to a career in law enforcement. He grew up in foster care in Youngstown after his father was murdered. But for the coaches and mentors in his life as a teen, he might have pursued a different path. As it were, he began his career with Youngstown Police before joining the FBI and ascending through the ranks.

Robert has a great deal of experience in organizational change and understands the critical nature of relationships in effecting outcomes. He is committed to our mission of policing reform, but is keenly aware of the need to support our police officers in the midst of increasing neighborhood violence. And, his experience will not only be applicable to the Division of Police, but to Fire and all of the Department of Public Safety. His role will be to direct and support Police Chief Bryant, Fire Chief Happ and all of our safety personnel.

Director Clark starts on Sept. 26, 2021. Please join me in welcoming him to Columbus. I know he looks forward to meeting with our residents and getting to know our vibrant and distinctive neighborhoods.