Faith Leaders Disapprove of Mayor Ginther’s Choice For Status Quo in Selection of Quinlan as Next Police Chief 

December 17, 2019

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Faith Leaders Disapprove of Mayor Ginther’s Choice For Status Quo in Selection of Quinlan as Next Police Chief 

Columbus, OH --  On Tuesday, December 17th, Mayor Andrew Ginther selected Thomas Quinlan as the next Chief of Police in Columbus. Quinlan has served his entire career in the Columbus Division of Police and has been the interim chief since February. His appointment reinforces the status quo in a police department that clearly needs change in order to offer safety and dignity to every person in every community. 

Rev. Dr. Susan Smith, Ohio Poor People’s Campaign:
“As a pastor, I am extremely disappointed that Mayor Ginther has chosen Thomas Quinlan to be the next Chief of Columbus Police. Many in the community feel that Quinlan’s allegiance will be to the system’s insiders, not the people of Columbus. We all deserve to be treated with dignity andin respect. Police brutality is a tumor in our midst, and the people in impacted communities have not felt protected and safe with Columbus police. We hoped that a page would be turned and a new story told. The selection of Mr. Quinlan dashes that hope.”

Rev. Dr. Tim Ahrens, First Congregational Church:
“Choosing Interim Chief Quinlan means that Mayor Ginther has chosen the status quo. When report after report has shown that our city needs change in its policing within the department and within the community. After a national search in which a number of excellent candidates emerged, I’m disappointed by a lack of moral vision and boldness in the final decision.”

Rev. Jason Ridley, concerned member of the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission:
“As one of the Commissioners on the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission, hearing the news that Interim Chief Quinlan has been selected as the new Chief of Police is disheartening.  This news unfortunately is not surprising but only confirms what many of us believed all along and that is that the leadership in our city was never fully committed and invested in making the necessary transformative changes that needed to take place within CDP but would rather maintain the status quo.”

Melissa McFadden, Private Citizen:
“This is a sad day in Columbus Police history. This was an opportunity for Mayor Ginther to send a message that the culture of racism, sexism and retaliation against female and minority officers will not be tolerated or rewarded, but in choosing the internal candidate he solidified the status quo.”

Cantor Jack Chomsky, Jewish community leader:
“Mayor Ginther's choice reflects who is in power and who will remain in power in our community. Mayor Ginther, like too many others, is afraid to stand up to the entrenched interests of the FOP, who wish to continue with business as usual. Business as usual is fine if you are an entrenched officer in the old boy network protecting its own. If you are an average citizen -- especially if you are a person of color -- the Mayor has confirmed that he doesn't care about the continued risk you are in. That is wrong. Columbus has missed an opportunity to take a much needed step forward.”

Sister Gemma Doll, Dominican Sisters of Peace:
“I am so disappointed that the Columbus Mayor and City leadership missed an opportunity to change the culture in our City Police Force. Now we pray that Officer Quinlan may have the creativity and courage to address the documented racism and discrimination that has taken root among the police force. Serious initiatives are critical to ensure safer neighborhoods and rebuild confidence in the police among our citizens.”




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