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Police veteran is city's next chief

McCann has served as a Grandview Heights police officer for 30 years

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Tom McCann, a 30-year veteran of the Grandview police force, has been named the city's police chief. It's the first time in at least 25 years that a chief has been promoted from within the department.
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Grandview's new police chief isn't so new.

After 30 years working for the department -- the last 22 as a sergeant -- Tom McCann was sworn in as chief July 7. He replaces David Wood, who retired.

"They have approached me before (about the position of chief) but I always declined any interest," McCann said. "I liked working on the street as a police officer and it just didn't seem like the right time before.

"Now that I'm getting older and heading toward the end of my career, it did seem like a good time for a change," he said.

McCann has served his entire law-enforcement career in Grandview.

"It's a great community in which to work," he said. "I really like the community-policing aspect of the job here."

In a community such as Grandview, the public gets to know its officers, and the officers learn about residents and business owners, McCann said.

"I hate to sound like a cliche, but it's true: The best part of the job is getting to know and help people in the community," he said. "It's a really fulfilling job."

McCann earned a degree in business administration from Ohio State University, but after a job or two in that field, "I knew police work was what I really wanted to do," he said.

A friend who was a Grandview officer encouraged him to apply to fill an opening in the department, and McCann said he has never regretted coming the community.

It has been at least 25 years since a police chief was promoted from within the department.

"It will make for a much-easier transition rather than having someone from outside who doesn't know the community coming in," McCann said. "I know all the department heads and how they do things here. They along with the mayor and City Council, are a great team to work with."

McCann has served several times as acting chief; led for many years all internal investigations with the city; and has helped to lead the department's investigation in the murder last August of Grandview resident Jennifer Cooke.

The murder investigation is the most intense and interesting case of his career, he said.

"It's a very complicated, complex case," he said.

Grandview is working with other agencies, including the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, FBI and Columbus police, on the case.

"We've received a great deal of assistance from them," McCann said.

Recently, McCann and others involved in the case met with the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office to review the investigation and make sure it continues to move in the right direction.

"The investigation hasn't slowed down at all. We're moving forward and following all leads," McCann said.

Another upcoming challenge for the department will be to address the impact of the Grandview Yard development, he said.

"We will need to review our goals with the new phases that are coming in and look at our future needs in manpower and coverage," McCann said.

Overall, the department's mission and his goal as chief is to make sure Grandview police "continue to protect and serve our community," he said.

"The community has grown to expect a certain level of service from us, and we intend to maintain that level of service."

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