Pickerington City Manager Frank Wiseman has announced he’ll promote Cmdr. Tod Cheney as its next police chief.

Via a March 20 news release, Wiseman said Cheney’s promotion would become effective March 25. A swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. at police headquarters, 1311 Refugee Road.

According to the release, Cheney has been with the department since 1995. He served as a K-9 officer for eight years and was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and to commander in 2015. Cheney is a graduate of the FBI National Academy at the University of Virginia, the Police Executive Leadership College and the Ohio State University Public Safety Leadership Academy.

“Commander Cheney has an outstanding record and impressive credentials,” Wiseman said in the release. “He is well known and respected in the community, and we look forward to working with him in his new role as chief of police.”

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 had planned to launch an investigation into allegations Taylor had made homophobic, racist and sexist statements to police staff.

Wiseman called off the investigation after Taylor announced his leave and plans to retire.

The city never advertised the chief vacancy. Wiseman said March 6 he hadn’t set a date for naming a replacement, nor had he decided if he would promote someone internally or open the search.

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