More than a month after the abrupt departure of Pickerington police Chief Michael Taylor, city officials have yet to officially open the post for applications from candidates and no timetable has been set for doing so.

Pickerington City Manager Frank Wiseman said March 6 he hasn't set a date by which he'll name a new police chief or when he might open the search for one.

The Pickerington Police Department has been without a chief since Jan. 22, when Wiseman announced Taylor was taking leave immediately and would retire Feb. 19.

Taylor's exit came almost 16 years after being named the chief and less than a month after Wiseman confirmed the city planned to launch an investigation into allegations Taylor made homophobic, racist and sexist statements to police staff.

The accusations came via two emails sent anonymously to the city. The allegations were never confirmed officially because Wiseman said he chose not to pursue the investigation after Taylor left the department.

Two days after Taylor bowed out, Wiseman said he hadn't decided if a successor would be selected from within the department or if the city would conduct a wider search.

"The bottom line is we are still considering our options and have not set a time line for a decision for this position," Wiseman said March 6.

As for why the vacancy hadn't been advertised or if the next chief was expected to be promoted internally or selected via a statewide or national search, Wiseman said officials "are considering all options."

Wiseman declined to identify any criteria the city will use to look for in its next chief, such as experience as a police chief or working at or leading a similarly sized department.

He also did not comment as to the annual salary range the city plans to offer for the post.

"Once the direction is determined I will be able to more fully answer your questions," he said.

Taylor began his career with the Pickerington Police Department in September 1983 and had served as the city's chief since January 2003.

At the time he took leave, Taylor received an annual salary of $117,648. The city paid an additional $48,396 in benefits, according to the Pickerington Finance Department.

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