Westerville announces pair of interim police chiefs for next six months

Charles Chandler (left) and Holly Murchland (right) will serve as interim police chiefs for the Westerville Division of Police for three-months each. (City of Westerville)

The City of Westerville announced Wednesday Assistant Chief Charles Chandler and Assistant Chief Holly Murchland will alternate terms in three-month periods as Acting Chief of Police for the Westerville Division of Police (WPD).

WPD Chief Joe Morbitzer was appointed superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) by Attorney General Dave Yost.

Assistant Chief Chandler will serve as Acting Chief beginning Friday, January 25. Assistant Chief Murchland is expected to serve in that role beginning in April. The City will search for a permanent Chief of Police during this process.

"With the departure of Chief of Police Joe Morbitzer at the end of this week, plans have been put in place for an Acting Chief until a permanent replacement is named," Westerville City Manager David Collinsworth said in a statement. "Assistant Chiefs Holly Murchland and Charles “Cappy” Chandler will serve in the capacity of Acting Chief on an alternating basis. Chief Chandler will assume Acting Chief duties immediately upon the departure of Chief Morbitzer for approximately three months. At the end of April, Acting Chief duties will then be assumed Chief Murchland."

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