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Columbus Receives 34 Applications For Police Chief Vacancy

Lion statue in front of Columbus Division of Police Central Headquarters.
David Holm

A total of 34 candidates applied to be Columbus’ next police chief. The division has been led on an interim basis by Michael Woods since former Chief Tom Quinlan was asked to step down in January.

Nearly all the candidates come from outside the division, although two current deputy chiefs and a commander submitted applications. Another former CPD commander applied as well.

During the last search, the mayor looked outside the division for the first time and this time around he's signaled he's committed to hiring from outside the department.

One of the finalists last time, former Seattle assistant chief Perry Tarrant has applied again.

Other notable applicants include Ivonne Roman, the former Newark chief who instituted racial bias reforms after a federal investigation, and Wendy Stiver, an officer who facilitated a similar audit in Charleston following the police killing of Walter Scott.

Nick Evans was a reporter at WOSU's 89.7 NPR News. He spent four years in Tallahassee, Florida covering state government before joining the team at WOSU.