NEWARK, Ohio (WCMH) – The city of Newark mourns the loss of its chief of police.

According to the Newark Division of Police, Chief Steven Baum suffered a medical emergency at his home and was taken to Licking Memorial Hospital, where he died Tuesday evening.

In a press release, the police division stated that Baum was a member of the police department from 1993 to 2016. In 1999 he was employed as a detective. He was promoted to sergeant in 2004 and captain in 2010. In 2016, Baum was named the city’s director of security, a position he held until last year when he was sworn in as chief.

Tim Hickman, the current director of public safety for Newark City, said he and Baum have worked together for much of Baum’s career.

The Newark Police Chief dies after a medical emergency

“He was a person of great honesty and integrity,” said Hickman. “You always knew where he was on a topic. He was a guy you could always count on to lend a hand. He took care of the people around him. He took care of his community. “

Hickman said Baum was fully invested in the city of Newark and devoted his life to community improvement.

“He was a larger than life person, and you knew he cared about when he talked to you – that he was very reliable to people and that people appreciated that,” Hickman said.

On Wednesday afternoon, community members lined the street when a procession of first responders escorted Baum’s body to a nearby funeral home.

Hickman said the city will keep the community updated on how to pay their respects to Baum once the agreements are made.