Search committee for new Columbus chief to meet

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS – A 21-member committee assigned to select five finalists for Columbus police chief will meet Oct. 12.

Officials tell the Commercial Dispatch that the committee has received the resumes of the 25 candidates to go through. Eighty-two people applied.

The names of five finalists will be submitted to Mayor Robert Smith and the city council.

Officials hope to have a new chief on the job before the end of the year.

Selvain McQueen, former head of the Criminal Investigations Division, has held the role of interim police chief since the city council fired Joseph St. John from the post in July.