A crime prevention director to lead Mayor Jim Wetherington’s Office of Crime Prevention will be selected from two finalists selected Thursday, the mayor said today.
“We deliberated long and hard on this thing,” Wetherington said of his search committee for the candidates. “It’s narrowed down to two individuals and I will present those to council next Tuesday.”
For a month, the search committee has interviewed candidates for a crime prevention director to run the Office of Crime Prevention. The director would coordinate crime prevention programs with other government agencies before branching out to nonprofit groups.
Wetherington who serves on the search committee said the finalists were selected Thursday. After the names are presented to the 10-member Columbus Council on Tuesday, the mayor said he will ask council to approve a candidate on March 9. It will take six votes from council to hire a director who will earn $51,877-$78,938 per year.
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The mayor wouldn’t identify the candidates but said both are local.
Wetherington said he plans to talk to each candidate again on Monday, a day before the council meets. “A decision will be forthcoming after that meeting Monday, “ the mayor said.
Using money from the Local Option Sales Tax, the Office of Crime Prevention will operate on a fiscal budget of $931,859 this year and could increase to $2 million. In addition to the mayor, the six-member committee includes Mike Gaymon, chairman of the Crime Prevention Board and president of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce; affirmative action officer Reather Hollowell; executive assistant to the mayor Judy Thomas, human resources director Tom Barron; and internal auditor John Redmond.