City of Reynoldsburg Names New Chief of Police
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio -- Mayor Joe Begeny is pleased to announce that Deputy Chief Curtis Baker has been selected and accepted the position of Chief of Police for the Reynoldsburg Division of Police.
“Deputy Chief Baker and I have worked closely together on several projects since I took office as Mayor. Recently, we have worked to improve community relations and to implement the Reynoldsburg Division of Police’s COVID-19 Response Team, in which safety protocols and equipment allocations were necessary. Chief Baker has shown his true leadership skills as he has served as the Interim Police Chief since April 2020.”
As our nation experiences such a difficult time, Chief Baker recognizes the challenges we are facing. He has spoken out about the injustices minorities are experiencing. Chief Baker has and will continue to build relationships with community members as they exercise their First Amendment Rights. Chief Baker has been actively involved in minority recruiting and continues to be dedicated to hiring a police force that is more reflective of the City of Reynoldsburg’s residents.
Chief Baker was appointed to serve as the Deputy Chief of Police in October of 2018. As Deputy Chief, he was responsible for all internal affairs investigations, training, and community outreach. He began his law enforcement career in Michigan as a part-time police officer in Northville. He then served as a full-time police officer for Eastern Michigan University. In 1999, Chief Baker returned to Central Ohio, and worked for the Hilliard Division of Police where he was responsible for overseeing the detective bureau. In 2017, Chief Baker worked for the New Albany Police Department as a supervisor. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Capital University Law School.
Chief Baker said he “is honored to have been selected to serve as chief and believes that he can provide the citizens of Reynoldsburg with a well-rounded, well-trained and community-oriented police department”. Curtis Baker will be sworn in as Police Chief on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 6 pm at the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building with a brief reception to follow.
Jennifer Clemens, Special Events and Media Coordinator