CPD Deputy Chief Files Complaint Over Assistant Chief Hiring

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A Deputy Chief in the Columbus Division of Police is asking for a review of the hiring process for a newly-created leadership role in the department, under incoming Police Chief Elaine Bryant.

The position of Assistant Police Chief was posted and filled on the same day last week, by Detroit Police Captain Lashanna Potts, at a salary of almost $200,000.

Deputy Chief Ken Kuebler filed a formal complaint on Tuesday, asking the Civil Service Commission to review the process of that hiring.

ABC-6 obtained public records identifying 17 candidates for the job, including eight from within CPD. Kuebler was also a candidate for the job. There are claims Bryant made the hire before interviewing candidates within the department.

Bryant and Potts both begin their new jobs on June 25th, and both have to complete OPOTA training.

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