The city is down to five finalists for its next chief of police.
Each of the individuals — four external and one internal — have completed an all-day competitive assessment and are being interviewed for the position, said Steve Hume, London’s safety-service director.
The candidates are:
• Glenn Nicol, who retired two years ago as the deputy chief of the Marysville Police Division in Union County. Including his time as a dispatcher, Nicol had been with the department for 34 years.
• Scott Reinbolt, who is the current police chief of the Blanchester Police Department in Clinton County.
• Ross “Rusty” Tipton, who is currently a sergeant with the London Police Department. The only internal candidate for the position, Tipton has been with the department for nearly 25 years.
• William “Bill” Karolyi, who is currently a road patrol sergeant for the Butler Township Police Department in Montgomery County. Karolyi was formerly employed as a lieutenant with the Kettering Police Department, where he resigned after 18 years in February after admitting he had an affair with a dispatcher.
• John DeJarnette, who retired in September as a lieutenant with the Dublin Division of Police in Franklin County. He was with the department for 22 years. DeJarnette was placed on paid leave last summer for allegedly associating with the subjects of a drug trafficking investigation.
According to the investigation, DeJarnette was not convicted of any crimes, nor was there evidence of wrongdoing, a spokesperson with the City of Dublin told the Press Friday.
Hume admitted on Friday some of the candidates “have some baggage,” but said the reports should be “taken with a grain of salt.”
“Not everything is how it seems,” he added.
Nicol and DeJarnette attended Thursday’s city council meeting and were introduced to council by police Chief David Wiseman, who will resign when his successor is named. Karolyi also observed a council meeting earlier this month, Hume noted.
Hume expects the city to extend a conditional offer to a candidate the first week of December, with the city’s next chief named before end of the year.
The city’s Civil Service Commission, a three-member panel appointed by the mayor, is overseeing the process. Members of the commission are Vicky Victor, Greg Eades and Nick Adkins.
Hume said he and Joe Mosier — who will take on Hume’s position in 2016 — will “put their heads together” to make the final appointment.
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