Ruben Santiago Resigns as Columbia Police Chief

Santiago steps down as new chief is expected to be chosen

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By Monique Williams

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) -- Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson announces appointment of an acting police chief, in the wake of the interim chief resigning, all while the hire of a brand new chief is expected next week.

A statement from Wilson reads as follows: "Today, I received a resignation notice from former Interim Chief Ruben Santiago. Mr. Santiago has stepped down from his position as Interim Chief for the Columbia Police Department. We thank him for his service. Effective immediately, Major Melron Kelly will serve as Acting Chief for the Columbia Police Department. Acting Chief Kelly will lead the daily operations for the Columbia Police Department and will work with the department’s command staff and police officers to handle all public safety duties. Acting Chief Kelly will serve in this role until the effective appointment date of Columbia’s new police chief.

I have made this comment several times before, but I cannot thank the men and women of the Columbia Police Department enough for their dedication and commitment to the department, our citizens and to the City of Columbia. As we approach the culmination of a very intensive search process for a new police chief, I also want to thank the citizens of our great city for their input, participation and support of this endeavor. Please know that I consider the selection of our new police chief as one of the most important decisions that I will make in my role as city manager.

In closing, I also would like to thank City Council for their vote of confidence in both me and the police chief search process.

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