Interim Chief Michael Woods

Chief's Office 120 Marconi Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43215
Office: (614) 645-4600
Fax: (614) 645-4551
Office Hours:
Week Days: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Interim Chief of Police
Michael Woods

Michael Woods is currently serving as Interim Chief of Police for the City of Columbus.  Chief Woods was appointed to the Division of Police on April 17, 1988, as a member of the 72nd Recruit Class.  He held various assignments as a patrol officer and sergeant primarily on the City’s south and west sides.  Woods was assigned to the Narcotics Bureau and served as the Division’s Public Information Officer, both as a sergeant.  After promotion to lieutenant, he was assigned to the Property Crimes Bureau and the Strategic Response Bureau.  In 2011, Woods was promoted to Commander and was assigned to Zone 5 and the Special Services Bureau.  Chief Woods was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2013 and held assignments in Support Services, Homeland Security and Administrative Subdivisions.  Most recently, he was the Patrol Operations Deputy Chief.

Chief Woods holds a bachelor’s degree from Capital University and master’s degree from Tiffin University in criminal justice administration with a concentration in homeland security.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Ohio Police Executive Leadership College and the Police Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the Major City Chiefs of Police. Woods completed the Fusion Center Leadership Program given at the Naval Postgraduate School and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Police Executive Research Forum. 

Chief Woods is committed to keeping Columbus and central Ohio safe through innovative police strategies and cooperation with non-governmental groups as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement partners.

Chief Woods is married with three daughters.