Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box didn’t hold back any punches Tuesday afternoon during a special-called council meeting when the topic of the police chief search came up.
Box expressed his concerns and said he is “not happy” with the quality of candidates the council has to select from. He suggested the 21-person committee go back to the search and find more candidates to recommend.
The five applicants that the 21-person committee recommended as top candidates for the permanent police chief position were revealed Tuesday night during the Columbus City Council meeting.
Only 25 names remain in the running for the Columbus police chief position. After receiving 82 applications, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, Chief Operations Officer David Armstrong and Human Resources Director Pat Mitchell spent Thursday afternoon dwindling the pool to 25 qualified applicants.
The city of Columbus released the final names of the members making up the 21-person police chief search committee. The committee is tasked with selecting a handful of qualified applicants worthy of serious consideration for the permanent police chief position.
Following an appeal from a former police officer, city leaders Tuesday said the next police chief is as likely to come from within the Columbus Police Department as outside it.
The city of Columbus continues to search for a new police chief, with city officials extending the application deadline to Sept. 8.
WEST POINT — Former West Point Police Chief Steve Bingham has filed a lawsuit against the city of West Point and four members of the Board of Selectmen alleging wrongful discharge, defamation and infliction of emotional distress on the basis of race.