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Craig Stone assumes role of chief of Ohio State University Police

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University Police Acting Chief Craig Stone poses for a photo in his office on Jan. 27. Credit: Michael Huson | Managing Editor for Content

Craig Stone, then the acting chief and now the chief of the Ohio State University Police Division, poses for a photo in his office on Jan. 27. Credit: Michael Huson | Managing Editor for Content

Craig Stone was appointed the new chief of the Ohio State University Police Division on Monday.

A tentative pinning ceremony is scheduled for June 7 at 2:30 p.m. in Blankenship Hall, said Dan Hedman, a spokesman for the Office of Administration and Planning, in an email.

Stone had been the acting chief since the former chief, Paul Denton, retired in June 2015. Stone was hired as the deputy chief that May.

Prior to joining OSU, Stone was a police officer with the city of Columbus for 29 years and spent one year as Cleveland State University’s director of campus safety and chief of police, according to a Tuesday news release.

“I have learned a lot in my first year as a Buckeye,” Stone said in the release. “My No. 1 priority continues to be the safety of our campus community, and I look forward to continuing the meaningful partnerships our police division has with Ohio State’s students, faculty and staff.”

A search process was not necessary to fill the position of police chief, and a job opening was not posted, Hedman explained in his email. Because Stone was already filling an acting appointment, he was eligible to be reclassified into the appointment of chief of police after six months.

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