Geoff Jones to be sworn in as Columbia Police Chief
COLUMBIA - Interim Police Chief Geoff Jones will officially make the switch to permanent police chief in a swearing-in Monday.
The swearing-in comes a month after Jones was officially appointed to the position back in August.
He had been serving as interim police chief since January after former chief Ken Burton stepped down.
Darryl Smith, Chair of the Citizens Police Review Board, said it has been an uphill battle for Jones to rebuild from the previous chief's administration. He said Jones has weathered that battle well.
"I think it has helped that he's come up through the ranks. He's been an officer, he's been on the streets," Smith said. "He's built relationships with the community as well as the officers."
Smith said, in the time Jones served as interim chief, he has brought unity and boosted morale in the police force.
"Morale seems high among the officers that I've gotten to talk with. The community seems pretty happy with him," he said. "It seems to be an improvement overall."
Smith said he has gotten to know Jones for a while and has found him to be professional, open and friendly. He said he hopes the board will work well with Jones in the future.
"The board is in a unique position in that we collaborate with the citizens and the police department," Smith said. "Our goal is to work with everybody to make sure that the citizens' rights are protected, the police get what they need and everyone is working towards a safer Columbia."
The ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. during the regular city council meeting.