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Elaine Bryant May Be Columbus' New Police Chief

Columbus Division of Police Central Headquarters.
David Holm
Columbus Division of Police Central Headquarters.

It appears Detroit Police Deputy Chief Elaine Bryant has been selected to be the next chief of the Columbus Division of Police.

In a tweet, finalist Ivonne Roman said Bryant was “stellar during the town hall and the residents of Columbus are lucky to have her.”

Columbus spokeswoman Robin Davis said she cannot confirm this, but that the city expects to make an official announcement later this week.

Bryant was chosen after a national search for which 34 people applied. The finalists were retired Newark, New Jersey police chief Ivonne Roman, Dallas Assistant Chief Avery Moore and Fort Myers, Florida police chief Derrick Diggs. The city eliminated Diggs at the end of last week after the Florida Commission of Ethics launched an investigation into his conduct.

On May 19, the city held a virtual town hall with the candidates. Last week, Moore, Roman and Bryant all did in-person interviews in Columbus.

The chief position is a five-year term, and the first year is probationary. There is an option for a second five-year term.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig retired Tuesday, June 1 after 44 years. He announced that he intended to retire May 12, but did not announce the actual date until this past weekend. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan named James White the interim chief.

Adora Namigadde was a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU News in February 2017. A Michigan native, she graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French.