Columbus Police Chief search

Tom Quinlan was selected in December as the new Columbus Police Chief.
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Thomas Quinlan will step up to become the next Columbus Police chief. His promotion caps off a nationwide search that considered candidates from outside the department for the first time in city history, but ultimately ended back at the 30-year veteran who's served as interim chief for the last year.

Tom Quinlan (left) and Perry Tarrant (right) at a forum for the finalists of the Columbus Police Chief position.
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The two finalists vying to become Columbus' next police chief answered a range of questions in a Thursday evening forum designed to help the community get a feel for both people.

Columbus Police Car
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The search committee for the next Columbus Police chief announced that its search has come down to two finalists: Columbus Police Interim Chief Tom Quinlan and former Seattle Police Assistant Chief Perry Tarrant.

Columbus Police Car
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The City of Columbus released the names of applicants to the vacant police chief position. Thirty-six people applied to become the next Columbus Police chief.

Community members gather at the Columbus Urban League on June 25, 2019, to discuss what they want from a new Columbus Police chief.
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The city of Columbus held a community forum Tuesday night to hear from residents about what they want in the next Columbus Police chief.

At a rally last year, a protester holds up a picture of Donna Castleberry, who was shot and killed in the undercover car of former Vice officer Andrew Mitchell in August 2018.
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More than a year after FBI began investigating the now-shuttered Columbus Police Vice Unit, the department continues to see fallout. One former officer, Andrew Mitchell, faces federal and state charges. Two other detectives, Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster, were fired while two supervisors have been suspended.

Below is a timeline of major events in the case so far. This post will be updated as more information develops.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced Tuesday that Deputy Police Chief Tom Quinlan will become the interim police chief when Chief Kim Jacobs retires February 8.