Genoa Township's top police officials will retire from the force effective July 31.

Genoa Township's top police officials will retire from the force effective July 31.

The announcement from Police Chief Robert E. Taylor and Deputy Police Chief David A. Stout came Thursday, May 30 at a special meeting of the township's board of trustees.

During the meeting, the trustees decided that Steve Gammill, former interim police chief for the Columbus Division of Police, will be hired as the township's next police chief.

Taylor has served as Genoa Township's chief of police since January 1998, upon his retirement as the Franklin County Sheriff's Office chief deputy of patrol.

"Both Chief Taylor and Deputy Chief Stout have been invaluable to our community by elevating the police department to new levels of professionalism and excellence," said Barbara Lewis, chairwoman of the board of trustees.

"We have all benefited from their strong commitment to the safety of our residents, businesses and visitors."

Township officials said that under Taylor's leadership, the township has had one of the lowest crime rates for larger jurisdictions in Delaware County.

During his tenure, Taylor created the township's bicycle and motorcycle patrols and the Genoa Township Citizen Policy Advisory Board.

Taylor also worked to earn accreditation for the department from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement.

Stout joined the Genoa Township force in 2004 after retiring from the FBI and was named deputy chief in 2009. In his retirement, Stout plans to serve as an adjunct instructor in criminal justice at Cedarville University.

In a press release, Genoa Township police said they would miss Taylor's and Stout's leadership.

"The many contributions they have made to Genoa Township, the police department and citizens are acknowledged and greatly appreciated. They leave big shoes to fill and will be truly missed," the press release said.

Genoa police also extended a welcome to Gammill, who has served in local law enforcement for 34 years.

Trustees said Gammill joined the township after a distinguished career with Columbus police.

He served as interim chief of police for Columbus from January to April 2012. He was the incident commander for Columbus police in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and for Columbus' Red White and Boom!

Gammill also worked extensively with Campus Partners on the Gateway Project and assisted in the creation of the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District in downtown Columbus to reduce crime and improve quality of life, the trustees said.

"We are honored to have Steve Gammill lead our police force," said Rick Carfagna, board of trustees vice chairman. "His ability to build partnerships, collaborate and innovate to reduce crime and improve quality of life will benefit us as we strive to maintain and surpass citizen confidence in their safety."