Quinlan Stepping Down as Columbus Police Chief


Photo credit: ABC-6

Photo credit: ABC-6

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Thomas Quinlan is stepping down as Chief of the Columbus Division of Police.

The move was announced Thursday by Mayor Andrew Ginther, and made at his request. Ginther released a statement, saying Quinlan could not implement the reforms he expects and the community demands.

Quinlan has led the department since 2019, following the retirement of Kim Jacobs. Deputy Chief Michael Woods will lead CPD in the interim, as the nationwide search for a new permanent chief begins.

The department faced scrutiny and calls for change, following officers' handling of the protests downtown last summer, and the shooting death of Andre Hill in December, by a Columbus Police Officer.

ABC-6 is reporting that Quinlan will remain with the department, as Deputy Chief.