City resuming search for police chief

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -  City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. announced Friday that he is resuming the national search for the next Chief of the Cincinnati Police Department.

"The exploratory discussions with the Hamilton County Sheriff are over and I am ready to resume looking for a police chief to lead a full-service police agency in a major urban setting," said Dohoney.

Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis called Dohoney earlier this week and said he was not pursuing discussions on the possibility of the patrol function being farmed out to the county as well as a discussion on a total merger of the two departments.

The City will continue to receive applications until April 15. The 18 respondents who had previously applied for the top job of leading approximately 1,100 police personnel will not need to reapply.

Dohoney had asked five representatives of various segments of the community to work with city staff in reviewing applications, and they also will remain as part of the process.  The final hiring decision is solely the City Manager's.

Chief Thomas Streicher's last day in the office is Friday, March 18. The five assistant police chiefs will rotate in serving as acting chief until the job is permanently filled.

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