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Public Safety Director's Office
77 North Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Office: (614) 645-8210
Fax: (614) 645-8268
Office Hours:
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

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Director George Speaks

Director of Public Safety Ned Pettus Jr. Director Ned Pettus Jr., Ph.D. was appointed the Director of the Department of Public Safety on August 1, 2016.  Director Pettus is excited to be back in a position within the public safety spectrum, which... - learn more

Kevin O'Connor

Fire Chief Kevin O'Connor On May 21, 2015, Kevin O’Connor was appointed the 24th Chief of the Columbus Division of Fire. Initially joining the Division in 1989, Chief O’Connor has spent the past 26 years with the Division of Fire, including leadership roles in multiple bureaus and Division initiatives. He was promoted to Lieutenant of the Columbus Division of Fire in... - learn more

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Police Chief Kim Jacobs Chief Kim Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from The Ohio State University and was a 4-year letter winner for the OSU Women's Track team. She is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program (CLEE). Chief Jacobs serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Family Safety and Healing, the Board of Trustees... - learn more

Ramona Patts

Support Services Administrator Ramona Patts Ramona Patts is a Public Safety professional that has been involved in the field since 1981. She first joined the City of Columbus Police department in 1981 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant in 1994. During those years, she spent 17 years in patrol at all ranks, and served as the Lieutenant of the budget, Crimes against Persons (Robbery and Sexual Abuse) and finished her Police... - learn more