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Columbia Police Chief Position Posted Online

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The City of Columbia has listed their open police chief position online.

The job was posted Tuesday on the city's website under "available jobs."

The city has been without a police chief since April, when Randy Scott resigned for personal reasons.

The search for a police chief was put on hold several months ago, after the State Law Enforcement Division began an investigation of the Columbia Police Department. The probe was prompted by allegations made by a former CPD officer who said there were "black ops" being conducted by the Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago.

Santiago has denied those claims. SLED continues to investigate.

A federal lawsuit about those claims also has been filed, but that case is not expected to be heard until next year.

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A spokesperson for CPD says Santiago will apply for the newly opened position.

The city had intended to wait for the results of that investigation, but a city spokesperson told News19 that the city ultimately decided that they needed to move forward with the hunt for a new leader of the police force.

"I can't, I guess, hold the city or the police department, or our citizens hostage any longer just because we don't know about a pending investigation. I think our city and our department is primed to move forward," said City Manager Teresa Wilson.

The annual salary range for the position is posted at $89,246 to $115,869. Wilson says that will depend on factors like the winning applicant's previous salary, and experience.

Wilson says she'll work to keep the process transparent and will seek the opinions of law enforcement leaders  and the community before making her final decision.

"I think it's important that we utilize some professionals who are here with long standing reputations here in Columbia and South Carolina, who I have reached out to and will be reaching out to, to give me some feedback through this process but also be very transparent from a public standpoint. I'm looking for input from neighborhood associations, business leaders, hospitality districts. We want to have a very thorough process," said Wilson.

Filing for the position ends on December 11th. The city hopes to have a new chief selected by next March.


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