- Deputy Chief Woods Named Interim Chief
- National Search to Commence Immediately
Ohio City of Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther has announced the removal of Chief Thomas Quinlan as the Police Chief.
“It became clear to me that Chief Quinlan could not successfully implement the reform and change I expect, and that the community demands,” said Mayor Andrew Ginther.
“Columbus residents have lost faith in him and in Division’s ability to change on its own. Chief Quinlan understood. He agreed to step back, so the city can move forward. I appreciate Chief Quinlan’s service to the community and the changes he was able to implement in his time as chief.”
Mayor Ginther said “Deputy Chief Mike Woods has agreed to serve as interim chief while we begin our national search for a permanent chief.”
“The search firm Ralph Andersen and Associates will again assist the city in identifying a permanent police chief on an expedited timeframe.”
“I want to assure Columbus residents that our commitment to change and reform will not wane as we seek the next leader of the Division of Police.”
“In the coming weeks, I will appoint members of the Civilian Review Board that I championed, and voters overwhelmingly approved in November.”
“The Board will select an Inspector General, and we will gain civilian oversight of police for the first time in our city’s history,” said Mayor Ginther.
“My proposed 2021 budget invests in non-police safety initiatives, including significant increases to mental health, addiction and recovery services and public health and social workers better positioned respond to people in crisis.”
“The City will also invest in next generation body-worn cameras to ensure video and audio evidence is available when needed most. I remain committed to meaningful, lasting police reform and confronting racism where it exists, advancing social justice so everyone in every neighborhood feels safe.”
In response, Council President Shannon G. Hardin said “I support Mayor Ginther’s decision to move forward with a search for a new Chief of Police as a way for our community to continue to heal. I appreciate Chief Quinlan’s genuine efforts to push reform from inside the Division. Council remains focused on reform and a reimagined vision for public safety. I look forward to working with the next Chief of Police.”