Our City Online

Thomas Quinlan

Police Chief Quinlan Out, Deputy Chief Mike Woods to Serve as Interim

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Police Chief Quinlan Out, Deputy Chief Mike Woods to Serve as Interim

Mayor Andrew Ginther announced on Thursday that Police Chief Thomas Quinlan would no longer be serving as chief of the Columbus Division of Police. In a statement, the mayor said Chief Quinlan could not “successfully implement the reform and change I expect,” and that “Columbus residents have lost faith in him.” Quinlan agreed to “step […]

No Comments

Columbus Officials Announce Post-Review of City’s Protest Response

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Columbus Officials Announce Post-Review of City’s Protest Response

An investigative research team consisting of a former US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs will conduct an “outside, after-action” independent research review of the city’s response to recent Black Lives Matter protests, officials announced Wednesday, July 22. “As leaders, we must hold […]

No Comments

Mayor Ginther Issues Directive Banning Tear Gas as a Crowd Control Measure

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Mayor Ginther Issues Directive Banning Tear Gas as a Crowd Control Measure

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has issued a directive prohibiting the use of tear gas as a crowd control measure and limiting pepper spray only to situations involving “clear instances” of violence. Per a statement from the mayor’s office, additional policy changes in how these chemical agents are used will be drafted in agreement with City […]

No Comments

Local Faith Leaders Discouraged by Conversation with Police Chief Quinlan

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Faith Leaders Discouraged by Conversation with Police Chief Quinlan

Leaders of BREAD, a coalition of 40 diverse faith congregations, met via Zoom on Wednesday, June 10 with Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan, hoping to get his commitment to three specific proposals regarding police reform and building trust with the Black community. The group says, given the tragic police killings of George Floyd and other […]

No Comments

Calls for the Resignation of Mayor Ginther, Chief Quinlan Grow

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Calls for the Resignation of Mayor Ginther, Chief Quinlan Grow

A change.org petition and a formal committee have been launched in an effort to get Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus Division of Police Chief Thomas Quinlan or both to resign. Protesters have launched the Committee to Recall Ginther, a grassroots effort that has announced a recall petition demanding the mayor’s resignation. The announcement coincided with […]

No Comments

Community Leaders Call for Accountability in Process to Reform Police Department

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Community Leaders Call for Accountability in Process to Reform Police Department

Between the selection of Tom Quinlan as the new chief of the Columbus Division of Police and the recent report released by the Community Safety Advisory Commission, it’s safe to say some changes may soon be underway for the department. As the public awaits next steps, community leaders are pushing for early and often measures […]

No Comments

Mayor Announces Pick for Columbus Police Chief

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Mayor Announces Pick for Columbus Police Chief

The next Columbus Chief of Police has been announced. Thomas Quinlan, who has served as acting interim chief of police for the division after former Chief Kim Jacobs retired in February of this year, will be the next Columbus Division of Police chief. In early November, the city announced two finalists for the position: Quinlan […]

No Comments

features categories

Subscribe below: