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Announcing Chief Rinehart’s Retirement

Friday, Dec 10, 2021 at 4:45 pm

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After 14 years of service with the City as our Chief of Police and 27 years of service in law enforcement, Chief Rinehart announced this week that he will be retiring in early January. 

Chief Rinehart started out as a community policing officer in Gahanna, rising through the ranks to become Gahanna’s Deputy Chief before joining Bexley in 2007. During his time with Bexley, he established a community bike patrol corps; oversaw the relocation and construction of the new police department headquarters; modernized the technology utilized by the agency, including advocating for and deploying body cameras in 2019; expanded and diversified officer training opportunities and requirements, including joining and obtaining certification through the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board; oversaw the creation of the Bexley Citizens Police Academy program and a variety of new community outreach initiatives including drug take back days, school supplies drives, Cops and Kids field games, Cross with a Cop events, and Thanksgiving meal deliveries; modernized the agencies policies; and opened up the recruitment process to a broader pool of officer candidates, resulting in an officer corps that is more diverse today than ever before. 

Mayor Kessler will announce the search process for a new Chief in the coming weeks; a process that will thoughtfully include robust community input and involvement. In the meantime, join us in thanking Chief Rinehart for his service to our community, and wishing him a peaceful and adventurous retirement.

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