Most CPD officers want interim chief to be permanent choice
COLUMBIA - No official timeline has been given for appointing a permanent chief at the Columbia Police Department, but the man running the show at the moment has most of his officers' support.
Ninety-seven percent of the Columbia Police Officers Association said they want interim chief Geoff Jones as the permanent chief of the department, according to a press release Thursday.
Jones has been the interim chief of CPD since January after former chief Ken Burton resigned in December.
The association held meetings during the week of July 15, where it held written vote. Almost all of its 150 members wanted Jones to be formally named chief of CPD.
"Chief Jones has earned genuine respect from the officers and from the community at large," CPOA wrote in the press release. "He has stabilized a department that desperately needed direction and he has instilled a heightened sense of respect, commitment, and duty to our members."
The association asked newly appointed city manager John Glascock to appoint Jones "sooner rather than later."