Police Chief – Columbus, OH

Client: City of Columbus, Ohio
Position: Police Chief
Closing Date: Closed, Appointment Made

Additional Information: 


A national search is underway to attract highly-qualified candidates to apply to lead the Columbus Division of Police. The Police Chief serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Division of Police and is directly responsible for the administration, efficiency, and general conduct of all Division community policing, law enforcement, and holistic crime prevention activities. Additional responsibilities include policy development, program planning, fiscal management, and administration/operation of the six Division subdivisions. The Division is currently supported by approximately 2,240 full-time equivalent employees (1,900 budgeted sworn) and a FY 2021 budget of just under $337 million. The Division covers 20 precincts across the greater Columbus metropolitan area and receives and processes approximately 623,000 emergency and 568,000 non-emergency calls for service per year.

For internal candidates this position requires a Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of service in the Columbus Division of Police as a permanent appointee in the class of Police Deputy Chief or 5 years with any combination of service as a permanent appointee in the class of Police Commander and/or Police Deputy Chief. For external candidates comparable experience elsewhere is required. A valid motor vehicle operator’s license is also required for all candidates. It is desirable that candidates have previous experience as a Police Chief in an organization of comparable size and complexity to Columbus. Lastly, it is desirable that candidates have a minimum of 10 years experience as a law enforcement officer. The selected candidate will also be required to successfully complete all Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certification requirements within the first year of employment. Peace officers from other states may be eligible for reciprocity/credit for previous training that can be applied to Ohio’s peace officer requirements.

A competitive compensation package, with excellent benefits, will be offered for this executive position.


Notice: In accordance with Ohio law, all applications and resumes for public positions are a matter of public record and will be disclosed to the media or public upon proper request.