Columbus police name new head of Investigative Services

At midnight Friday, 38-year Columbus Police Department veteran Capt. Gil Slouchick will take the reins of the department's Investigations Services.

Slouchick, who started with the department in 1976, was accompanied by family and friends during his Friday morning promotion ceremony to major. Early in his career, he worked as a detective and sergeant in the Robbery and Homicide Unit.

"I came to the department as a cadet. I've handled child molestation cases, rape cases, everything," Slouchick said. "I'm excited for the challenge and ready to get to work."

Slouchick most recently led the Special Operations Unit, which oversees a number of undercover investigations into the manufacture and distribution of narcotics, illegal gambling operations and prostitution.

Chief Ricky Boren said he was confident in Slouchick's ability to spearhead the Investigations Services, which oversees major part one crimes including armed robbery, aggravated assault, homicide and burglary.

He will be succeeded by Metro Task Force's Lt. Charles Kennedy, who received the rank of captain during an afternoon ceremony.

Other promotions

During the afternoon ceremony, Sgt. Consuelo Askew was promoted to lieutenant. Cpl. Thomas Hill, who works as a detective in Investigative Services, was promoted to sergeant.

Officers Whitney Foster,Travis Spencer and William Thornton were also promoted to corporal. Motorsquad Officers Gene House and Samantha Phillips were also promoted to corporal.