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Kimberly Jacobs Named Columbus' First Female Police Chief

As she stepped to the podium at city hall, newly appointed Columbus police chief Kimberly Jacobs said she's ready to get to work. Kimberly Jacobs, 54, is the 32nd Columbus police chief and the first woman to serve in the position. She joined the division in 1979 as a patrol officer on the west side. She served as a deputy chief for three years before she was selected Chief from a field of four candidates. Mayor Michael Coleman characterized Jacobs as an innovative who's not afraid of change. Jacobs most recently oversaw a controversial redistricting of police precincts. She vowed to work closely with officers and other personnel on the front lines. Jacobs holds a Bachelor's degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminology.