The search committee for the next chief of the Columbus Division of Police has narrowed the list of candidates to five finalists.
The finalists were scheduled to be interviewed Nov. 6 and today, Thursday, Nov. 7. The committee will narrow the pool again, with the final candidates being brought back for a community forum.
The five finalists – in alphabetical order by last name – are:
• D. Samuel Dotson, assistant chief of police for Amtrak.
Dotson oversees 500 officers and civilian employees. He took the position after serving as the St. Louis police commissioner from 2012 to 2017, overseeing a department of more than 1,300 officers.
• Alexander Jones, colonel for the Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland.
Jones has worked for Baltimore County for his entire law-enforcement career, beginning in 1995 and working as a major overseeing more than 1,300 patrol officers for four years before being promoted to colonel in 2015.
He works in the community-relations bureau, working to address community engagement, officer wellness and juvenile crime.
• Paul Neudigate, assistant chief, Cincinnati Police Department.
Neudigate has worked for 29 years in the Cincinnati department, according to his application materials. He is assistant chief overseeing a patrol bureau of more than 800 officers.
• Thomas Quinlan, interim chief, Columbus Division of Police.
Quinlan has worked for Columbus police since 1989 and has worked as a field-training officer and patrol commander.
He has overseen crowd control and led the reorganization of the division after being named interim chief in February. Of three candidates from within Columbus police, Quinlan was the only one selected as a finalist.
• Perry Tarrant, former assistant chief of police, Seattle Police Department.
Tarrant retired from the Seattle Police Department in September 2018 after more than 37 years in law enforcement. He worked in Tucson, Arizona, and Yakima, Washington, as well as working with FEMA and as a faculty member at Northern Arizona University.
The search committee consists of eight community members who reviewed the 36 applications for the position.
City officials said it is possible a new Columbus chief could be selected by the end of the year. Former Chief Kim Jacobs retired in February.
Any candidate from outside Ohio would have to obtain Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certification within the first year of employment.
The chief is appointed for a five-year term, with a one-year probationary period and the option for a second five-year term.
According to the job description, Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther is looking for someone with “extensive knowledge of large, complex urban environments,” as well as someone with the ability to hold others accountable, a champion of diversity with a commitment to community-oriented policing and someone who is “politically and technologically savvy.”
The job description recommends at least 10 years of law-enforcement experience, as well as experience at the level of commander, deputy chief or a comparable rank.