Columbus Announces Selection of New Police Chief

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s capital city has announced that its new police chief will be the man who served as interim chief over the past year.

Thomas Quinlan was named Columbus chief on Tuesday. He replaces Kim Jacobs, who stepped down in February after nearly seven years.

Quinlan was one of two finalists including Perry Tarrant, a former assistant police chief in Seattle. Quinlan’s selection upset some activists who pushed for a minority candidate such as Tarrant, who is black.

Columbus Mayor Andrew says Quinlan must address racism within the community and within the police division, including improved diversity among the ranks.