Deputy chief retiring; 2 officers promoted

Two Columbus police officers have been appointed to new leadership positions after a deputy chief announced his retirement.

Mike Richardson, a 23-year Columbus Police Department veteran, is the department’s new deputy chief, Police Chief Jon Rohde said. Richardson replaces Deputy Chief Todd Harry, who is retiring, Rohde said.

Richardson previously served as a uniform captain and was responsible for the department’s uniform division for the past six years. He also has served as a patrol officer, uniform sergeant and uniform lieutenant.

Steve Norman, also a 23-year department veteran, has been selected as the department’s uniform captain. Norman was previously one of five lieutenants on the department and supervised day-shift patrol operations. Norman has served as patrol officer, uniform sergeant, narcotics detective, public information officer and uniform captain under a prior administration.

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Rohde congratulated Harry on his retirement and thanked him for his 20 years of service.

“Both Deputy Chief Richardson and Capt. Norman have worked their way up through the department’s ranks and exhibited leadership during their many years at CPD,” Rohde said. “I am extremely confident in the expertise and experience these veteran officers possess and look forward to working with them in their new roles.”

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.