Columbus Names Woman Police Chief; Still Only 2% of National Total


Kimberley Jacobs said she won’t be afraid to try new ideas as Columbus’ new police chief, says the Columbus Dispatch. “I ask questions and I have a curious nature,” she said after Mayor Michael Coleman introduced her as the city’s 32nd police chief and the first woman to hold the post.

Innovation was one of three qualities Coleman said he was seeking in a new chief. The two others were leadership and efficiency. A good chief should lead from the front while living within the city’s budget, he said. Jacobs, 54, has been a police officer since 1979. She became the first woman in the division to attain the rank of commander, in 1995, and deputy chief, in 2009. The number of female police chiefs has grown enough that they’re no longer curiosities, said Dorothy M. Schulz, a professor of police studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is the author of Breaking the Brass Ceiling, about top female law-enforcers. “Women now make up about 2 percent of police chiefs, up from about 1 percent when I did my original research about five years ago,” Schulz said.

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