Columbus councilors will hear the first reading of an ordinance establishing a director’s position to lead the Office of Crime Prevention during their meeting on Tuesday.
Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington has said the director’s position is a key component of his plans to reduce crime in Columbus and make it one of the safest cities in the nation. In the city’s fiscal 2010 budget of $234.9 million, Columbus Council approved $931,859 for the Office of Crime Prevention; that allocation could eventually reach $2 million per year. More police officers, a focus on crime prevention and other capital improvements will be paid for with a 1 percent sales tax that went into effect this year.
The director would coordinate all Office of Crime Prevention activities geared toward reducing crime in neighborhoods. As the overseer of the operating budget, the coordinator would also develop an application process used by community groups to get city funding, work with other public safety agencies and government groups, and complete various other duties.
Wetherington has proposed a salary range of $63,208-$96,179 for the position.
According to the ordinance, the position requires a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in communications, public administration, criminal justice or a relevant field. A master’s degree is preferred. Applicants should also have at least five years of experience in a public sector organization or any combination of education, training and experience which provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
The council will meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14 in the council chambers in the Government Center.