Spears-McNatt to Serve as Interim Chief of Police

The Ohio State University Police Chief Craig Stone has accepted a new position as Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His last day with Ohio State will be June 12.

Since joining OSUPD in May 2015, Stone led a strong group of sworn police officers and civilian staff and oversaw many important initiatives with a focus on proactive policing and community engagement.

“Craig brought outstanding leadership, particularly during high profile incidents, as well as a passion for interacting with all facets of our campus community,” said Monica Moll, Ohio State’s Director of Public Safety.

Deputy Chief Kimberly Spears-McNatt will serve as Ohio State’s Interim Chief of Police, effective June 12. Spears-McNatt has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience and joined OSUPD in 1994.

“We are very fortunate to have someone with Kimberly’s work ethic and knowledge of the university to guide us through this transition,” Moll said.

Spears-McNatt is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP). She was appointed to the Ohio Private Investigation and Security Services Commission by Gov. John Kasich and served from 2015 through 2016. In her time with Ohio State, she has received several honors, including a Commendation Award and a Medal of Valor.

In 2014, Spears-McNatt graduated from the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC). She received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ohio State and went on to earn her master’s from Franklin University. She is also a graduate of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program.