Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will nominate Robert Wright this week to be her nominee to be the next chairman of the city’s crime prevention board, she announced this morning.
"Dr. Wright melds the perspectives of successful business management, public sector experience and the reality of life's hard-knocks and perseverance over them. Those life perspectives made him a top choice in my mind to fill the 'big shoes' of former Crime Prevention Board chairman Mike Gaymon," Tomlinson said in a release. "As we move to write the next chapter in the history of the Crime Prevention Office and Board, we will be looking to leverage existing resources through partnerships with Parks and Rec, for instance, and other organizations. We look forward to the Crime Prevention Office being more than a government grant program.”
Wright, a Columbus native, began his career as an optometrist and served three terms as a Columbus Councilor. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Associate Administrator for Minority Small Business at the Small Business Administration.
In 1985, he founded Dimensions International, Inc. and served as its Chairman and CEO, then as Chairman Emeritus and Senior Advisor until 2007 when the company was sold to Honeywell. He also served as Chairman of Flight Explorer, a global flight tracking, information technology and communications solutions company, until it was sold in 2008.
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Among his charitable and civic volunteer efforts, Wright is a board member of the Horatio Alger Association, which is devoted to scholarships for young people who persevere to defy odds against their success.
"I'm delighted to be a part of the effort to assist kids and adults in finding their full potential in this community. We can better their opportunities, better our neighborhoods and thereby prevent crime. That's what I look forward to bringing to the table – a leadership style and cooperative spirit that creates partnerships and real solutions,” Wright said.
The Crime Prevention Office and volunteer board was created by former Mayor Jim Wetherington as part of the 2008 one cent Local Option Sales Tax (LOST). The current director of the Crime Prevention Office is Seth Brown. Columbus Chamber of Commerce President Mike Gaymon served as the volunteer board's first chair.
Wright's name will be placed in nomination for approval at the Columbus Council meeting Tuesday morning.