Reynoldsburg’s top law enforcement officer has stepped down after two years.

April 24 was Chief David Plesich’s last day with the department.

He resigned to rejoin his previous department in Charleston, South Carolina, as a patrol officer.

“I can think of no better way to serve a community than to be on the street helping individuals,” said Plesich, 54. “It is a good time to move on – the foundation of the agency is strong. Part of my job is to develop the next generation of leaders.

“Lt. Bill Early recently graduated from the FBI National Academy, Lt. Mike Binder is currently enrolled in a leadership development program and Deputy Chief Curtis Baker has been part of every major decision for the past year and a half.”

Baker will serve as interim police chief, said Mayor Joe Begeny, who hopes to name Plesich’s replacement by mid-July.

“Our city is better for his efforts,” Begeny said of Plesich. “On behalf of everyone in Reynoldsburg, I want to thank Chief Plesich for his dedication and service to our community.”

Plesich was named chief in March 2018, coming from Charleston where he had worked since June 2016. He also was an officer for the Hilliard Division of Police from July 2011 to June 2016.

Plesich also is an attorney licensed to practice in Ohio and U.S. District Court, Southern District.

Under Plesich’s command, the department implemented a body-worn camera program, updated uniforms and cruisers and established the department’s Special Investigations Unit.

Begeny credited Plesich with improving community relations, recruitment and training. The department has more than 60 officers, 19 of whom were hired by Plesich.

His proudest accomplishment in Reynoldsburg, Plesich said, was “impacting the culture.”

“I planted the seed that RPD can be the most respected agency in Ohio,” he said. “I think it is important for an agency to grow under new leadership and the RPD command staff is solid. I have had great support from our community and it has been a great joy and privilege to serve this city.”

Begeny said he has expanded the committee charged with preliminary interviews to include Kristin Bryant, chair of the City Council’s public safety, law and courts committee and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Other members include Begeny, city attorney Chris Shook, human resources representatives and a representative from the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.

Consultants from the OACP also will assist with the search.

Requirements for the position include achieving a rank of command and a minimum of one year of police command experience, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, police science or a related field and completion of advanced training at one of the following: FBI National Academy, the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course, Northwestern University/Traffic Institute’s School of Police Staff and Command, Public Safety Leadership Academy or Certified Law Enforcement Executive.

In addition, the city will look for candidates with demonstrated skills in the areas of leadership, communication, management, budgeting and community relations.

The current salary range for the position is $123,000 to $135,000. Plesich’s ending salary was $127,792, Begeny said.

“There will be a review period for applications and a maximum number of 10 applicants will be given to the preliminary screening committee,” Begeny said.

Applications will be accepted until noon May 15.



Original story:

David Plesich resigns as Reynoldsburg police chief

Reynoldsburg Division of Police Chief David Plesich has announced his resignation, effective Friday, April 24.

According to a Monday, April 20, release from the city, Plesich is returning to the police force in Charleston, South Carolina, where he worked from June 2016 until March 2018, when he was named Reynoldsburg’s police chief.

The release did not specify Plesich’s role with the Charleston department.

Deputy Chief Curtis Baker has been named interim chief.

“Chief Plesich has worked hard to accomplish his goal of having the most respected police unit in Ohio, and our city is better for his efforts,” Mayor Joe Begeny said. “On behalf of everyone in Reynoldsburg, I want to thank Chief Plesich for his dedication and service to our community. I am proud of the leadership and professionalism the chief has brought to our city and wish him all the best on his return to South Carolina."

Plesich, who is a licensed attorney in Ohio, also was an officer with the Hilliard Division of Police from July 2011 to June 2016.

Baker also is a former Hilliard officer and a former New Albany police sergeant.

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