City announces 2 finalists for Columbus police chief

Thomas Quinlan (left) and Perry Tarrant (right)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Two finalists have been announced for the position of police chief in the city of Columbus.

The city announced interim police chief in Columbus Thomas Quinlan and former assistant chief of police in Seattle, Perry Tarrant, are the finalists.

There will be a chance for the public to meet the candidates on Nov. 21 when a public forum will be held at East High School at 1500 East Broad Street at 6 p.m.

The city has set a pay range for the new chief anywhere from about $160,000 to $245,000 a year.

Chief Kim Jacobs, who retired in February, made nearly $190,000 in her last year, and Chief Walter Distelzweig made about $145,000.

The new chief will serve a five-year term, with a one-year probationary period, with the possibility of a second, five-year term.

A decision for who will be named the new police chief in Columbus could be announced by the end of the year.