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Columbus Police Chief Finalists Whittled To Four Candidates

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm

Columbus meets the finalists in line to be the city’s next police chief on Friday. City officials announced the shortlist Monday.

Mayor Andrew Ginther will select among Elaine Bryant, Derrick Diggs, Avery Moore and Ivonne Roman to be the next chief in Columbus.

Bryant has been with Detroit Police since 2000 and currently serves as a deputy chief overseeing neighborhood policing efforts for a handful of precincts.

Diggs has been the police chief in Fort Myers, Florida since 2016. But before that he led Toledo’s police department, serving the city for a total of 37 years.

Moore began working for the Dallas Police Department in 1991, rising to the rank of assistant chief.

Roman was a captain with the Newark police department, and in that role she helped negotiate that city’s consent decree with the Department of Justice following an investigation which revealed a pattern of Constitutional violations. City officials in Columbus recently invited the agency to conduct a similar investigation here.

Former Seattle Assistant Chief Perry Tarrant was a finalist during the last search and applied again this time around. He made the long list of nine candidates that were interviewed, but his name was not advanced along with the four finalists.

All four will be taking part in a virtual townhall Wednesday night. The event will be aired on Columbus Government TV channel (CTV) and streamed on city social media channels like Facebook and YouTube.

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.