New safety director appointed in Columbus

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Robert Clark

Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced the appointment of Robert Clark as the director of public safety effective on Sep. 26.

“Director Clark will bring both a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience to public safety,” said Ginther. “He has 35 years of local, federal and international law enforcement experience – including in the Los Angeles Field Office of the FBI. He has a proven track record in community service collaborations and brings strategic, data-driven results.”

A former Youngstown, Ohio, police officer, Clark spent much of his career working with the U.S. Department of Justice FBI Los Angeles Field Office as an assistant special agent in charge. He led more than 350 agents and task force officers from 10 agencies focused on disrupting gangs, drug cartels and violent crime. He also collaborated with community leaders to build a youth outreach and intervention program to mentor young people living and going to school in neighborhoods plagued by crime. Most recently, Clark was the senior superintendent for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, helping to build infrastructure, upgrade policies and develop strategies to combat violent crime and improve community relations.

“I got my start in public safety in Ohio and I am thrilled to be returning,” said Clark. “I am grateful to Mayor Ginther for the opportunity to serve in this position at such an important time for our city. I look forward to working with Police Chief Elaine Bryant and Fire Chief Jeffrey Happ to advance changes, build community trust and keep Columbus neighborhoods safe.”

Clark is a doctoral candidate in organizational leadership and social justice at Adler University in Chicago.

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