28 people in the running for Cincinnati police chief

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The priority deadline for Cincinnati police chief applications has passed and now there are 28 people in the running.

Applications have come in from as far as Seattle and Miami and include police consultants, a community college police academy director, and an airport chief.

The job was vacated when James Craig announced he'd be leaving Cincinnati after less than two years to take a police chief job in his hometown of Detroit.

The applicants include three internal candidates:

  • Dave Bailey, Assistant Chief in Cincinnati
  • Paul Humphries, Cincinnati interim chief
  • Gary Lee, Captain with the Cincinnati PD

Bailey was promoted back in May to assistant chief after nearly a decade as a police captain.

Humphries climbed the ranks over his 27 year career in the department and is currently at the helm as interim chief. He's a Xavier and University of Cincinnati graduate and is now an adjunct professor in UC's Criminal Justice Department.

Captain Gary Lee is the district one commander, but he is also a full time student working on his Masters of Arts in Counseling at Cincinnati Christian University. The thirty-two year CPD veteran has a degree in criminal justice form UC and is a 1969 graduate of UC's College Conservatory of Music.

The only assistant chief not on the list is James Whalen who was one two internal finalists during the previous police search. In our commitment to balanced news, FOX19 reached out to Whalen but as of Monday even had not heard back.

The other internal finalist during the last search, Vincent Demasi, left and went to West Palm Beach after James Craig got the job, but he is now back in the running.

A list obtained by FOX19 from the city shows 30 applicants with one withdrawing their application and another rejected.

  • Jack Barnhart, Fmr. Special Agent and Regional security officer for the state department, Urbana, OH
  • James Barren, the former chief in Detroit
  • Jeffrey Blackwell, Deputy Chief for Columbus Ohio PD
  • Alan Chertock, a retired Major from Satellite Beach , FL
  • Vince Demasi, a former assistant chief here in Cincinnati and current chief in West Palm Beach, FL
  • Frances (Frank) Donchez, chief in Davenport, Iowa
  • Robert Girod, chief in Haviland, Ohio and consultant
  • William Heim, chief, Reading, PA
  • Ronald Krueger, former chief in Rockledge, FL
  • John King, Director for Hagerstown Community College Police in Damascus, MD
  • Ronald Krueger, Resigned as Rockledge, FL PD Chief
  • Nicholas Metz, deputy chief in Seattle withdrew from consideration
  • Bryan Norwood, former chief in Richmond, VA
  • Donald Pezzuto, retired lieutenant in Rockdale, IL
  • John Powell, Consultant with Law Enforcement Consulting
  • Bill Press, retired chief in Fairhope, AL
  • Edward Reynolds, chief, Forrest City, AR
  • James Skinner, resigned as Chief of Golden Beach, FL PD
  • Raimundo Socorro, commander of the communications unit in Miami
  • Jerry Speziale, deputy superintendent, New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police
  • Melvin Tennyson, chief, Okaloosa County Airport, FL
  • Melvin Turner, Second Deputy Chief for Detroit PD
  • Mark Whitman, adjunct faculty, Harrisburg Community College
  • Ellwood Whitten, chief, Harlingen, TX
  • Darryl Winston, retired assistant chief, Milwaukee 
  • Ann Young, Captain with LAPD

Captain Young, a 30 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, is the only female candidate.

While a half a dozen applicants are currently in chief roles, city documents show four retired and three resigned from their last police positions. One, former Detroit Police Chief James Barren, was fired.

A screening committee made up of community members and city staff will make a recommendation to the city manager from the applicants. That recommendation is expected in the next few weeks.

Ultimately it is up to the city manager to decide who will be Cincinnati's next chief.

According to the city's website, applicants will be accepted until the position is filled.

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