18-year department veteran Charles Chandler named new Westerville police chief

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The Westerville Division of Police has tapped a new permanent leader: Charles “Cappy” Chandler, who had served four months as the acting police chief this year.

Chandler, a 24-year law enforcement veteran who has spent 18 years with Westerville police, will need to be confirmed by city council on Tuesday.

“It is the highlight of my professional career to serve Westerville in this role,” Chandler said in a press release. “I am focused on the idea of ‘community first,’ and I will carry that forward in meeting the high expectations Westerville has of its Division of Police and its Chief.”

Westerville City Manager David Collinsworth announced Chandler’s selection Friday. The city considered candidates from across the state and region, according to the release.

“Not only were Chief Chandler’s qualifications and experience a good match, but he is already part of the fabric of our community and has been instrumental in the success of the Division,” Collinsworth said in the release.

Chandler was named one of two acting police chiefs in January, when the department’s long-time leader, Joe Morbitzer, was selected by Attorney General Dave Yost to lead the state Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Chandler became a lieutenant in 2017 and was an assistant police chief. He holds a bachelors and master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia Southern University in Alabama. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Chandler’s first day in the new job is set for Aug. 18.  

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