O'Neill will be sworn in Sept. 11 as Reynoldsburg's police chief
Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud announced today that Lt. James (Jim) O'Neill would be the city’s next police chief.
O'Neill will be sworn in at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in council chambers at the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St.
McCloud said O'Neill has been serving as acting police chief after Interim Chief Scott McKinley retired May 1 to accept a position with the U.S. Coast Guard.
McKinley succeeded former Chief David Suciu, who retired June 1 amid a departmental affairs investigation into his conduct and that of a Reynoldsburg officer regarding a December 2011 incident involving a woman who was arrested by Pickerington police for carrying an unauthorized weapon in a motor vehicle.
O'Neill first began working for the city of Reynoldsburg in 1992 as a patrol officer. He lives in Pickerington with his wife and has two grown children.
Other candidates for the position included Dublin Police Lt. John DeJarnette; Marysville Assistant Police Chief Glenn Nicol; Acting Hilliard Chief Lt. David Plesich; Columbus Police Lt. Craig Stone; Newark Police Capt. Craig Riley and Chief Daniel Meloy, Colerain Police Department, near Cincinnati.