Cincinnati chiefs are retiring, but who will replace them?

Chief Robert Wright (L), Chief Tom Streicher (R) (Courtesy City of Cincinnati)
Chief Robert Wright (L), Chief Tom Streicher (R) (Courtesy City of Cincinnati)

By Regina Russo – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - With Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher and Fire Chief Robert Wright both retiring next year, the talk is about who should replace them.

City Councilmember Charlie Winburn, who is on the Police Safety Committee, has high praise for Chief Streicher and Chief Wright, but when it comes to their replacement,
"These two men are great but, this is an opportunity for diversity, we need a female police chief or fire chief," said Winburn.

And Councilmember Winburn it says the fire department is using a national search to find a replacement for it's chief. Could the police department follow?

" I'm open for it, revitalize, change the system, change financial structure to share equal opportunity," said Winburn.

Steve Lazarus, the attorney for Cincinnati's Fraternal Order of Police, says the Cincinnati's police department held a national search when they looked for an Assistant Police Chief.

"And interestingly all three of those positions yielded local people," he said.

He says a national search designed to bring in new ideas may not and a local search may be weighted with baggage.

Chief Wright retires January 5 of next year and Chief Streicher possibly in the spring.

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