Columbus council fires police chief

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — The Columbus City Council has voted to fire Police Chief Joseph St. John.

After a two hour closed session Tuesday night, the council voted 5-1 to dismiss St. John.

Councilman Charlie Box said it was the chief’s failure of an alcohol test that prompted the dismissal.

The council also voted 4-2 to start a national search.

Mayor Robert Smith said the council will use the same approach as it has in the past: Form a search committee and go from there.

In the meantime, the council named Lt. Selvain McQueen interim chief.

Smith said McQueen, who is the commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, will resume the position immediately.

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