Clergy Praise Mayor Ginther for Police Reform

The Columbus Dispatch reports that a coalition of over 50 clergy from diverse faiths are praising Mayor Andrew J. Ginther for his response to their calls for police reform.

In his Dec. 19 letter to the group, Ginther said he instructed his staff to review the issues raised by the clergy members. He said the city also has hired a consulting firm to do a “top-to-bottom review” of the division’s operations, training and procedures, and to offer recommendations in response to all the concerns raised.

Ginther said he also plans to hire an assistant director in the Public Safety Department to oversee equal-opportunity complaints by officers and residents so that they are handled outside the Police Division. The position has been posted, said Robin Davis, Ginther’s spokeswoman.

Davis said the city also is searching nationwide for a replacement for outgoing Police Chief Kim Jacobs, and that search will include “robust community engagement.”