Columbia Assistant Police Chief Brian Richenberger was appointed as head of the Community Outreach Unit on Nov. 6. Robert Fox, who put together a 348-page report on community policing in August, was briefly in charge of the unit. Fox was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant on Nov. 5, which made him head of the outreach unit until Richenberger’s appointment the next day, according to department spokesman Steve Sapp. “The lieutenant spot at the time had oversight over community outreach, but that has since changed,” Steven said. “If there was any oversight, it was very brief.” In mid-November, the Columbia Police Department announced it would disband the Community Outreach Unit. After residents expressed concern over the plan, the city decided to keep the team, rebrand it as the “Community Response Unit,” and appoint a new leader. The unit would be cut down from 14 to eight officers, who would be spread across eight beats covering the entire city. On Nov. 6, police chief Ken Burton appointed Richenberg to head the unit. Richenberger will maintain his other responsibilities, which include managing the police’s Administrative Support Bureau and fulfilling records requests. Supervising editor is Brendan Crowley.