(Posted Dec. 23, 2015)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The city of London will officially appoint Glenn Nicol as the new police chief on Dec. 28.
Nicol hails from Marysville, where he served that city’s police department for 34 years, working his way up from dispatcher to assistant chief before retiring three years ago. He replaces David Wiseman, who served the London department for 26 years, the last six as chief. Wiseman now works as commander of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.
“Glenn will be a good fit for the city of London,” Wiseman said. “He understands working in a county seat in a rural area and has outstanding people skills.”
Nicol was selected from among five qualified applicants for the London job. He spent the last few weeks getting to know the department and city leaders. Wiseman introduced him to local business owners and law enforcement officials from across Madison County.
Nicol said he enjoys the small-town atmosphere and culture and feels comfortable making the transition from Marysville to London.
“Anywhere you go, law enforcement is basically the same. You may have different scenery…but you run across the same issues, the same problems,” he said. “I look forward to picking up where Dave left off.”
Nicol’s experience with the Marysville Police Department included a focus on investigations and the administrative side of police work. He completed certified law enforcement executive training and command staff training. He also attended the FBI’s National Academy, an intensive 10-week course for active law enforcement personnel.
Nicol’s appointment is one of many significant leadership changes happening in London. A new administration will take office at the start of the year. Patrick Closser replaces David Eades as mayor. Joe Mosier replaces Stephen Hume as safety-service director. Both Eades and Hume served in their respective positions for the past 24 years. Additionally, the Republican Central Committee soon will make an appointment to replace Katie Hensel, who recently resigned as city auditor.
“It’s an exciting time for the city,” Nicol said.