CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The search for the next Cincinnati police chief has been narrowed down to four candidates, and City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. says he's close to making a decision.
All four have extensive resumes, such as a law enforcement background of more than 20 years each. They have also all earned college degrees.
Paul Humphries: Interim Police Chief – Cincinnati Police Department
27-year Cincinnati Police veteran
Education: Xavier University, Univ. of Cincinnati
Experience: Internal Investigations, Training, Chief of Staff, Executive Assistant Police Chief, etc.
Jerry Speziale: Deputy Superintendent – NY/NJ Port Authority Police
Education: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Caldwell College, Univ. of Louisville, Harvard
Experience: Deputy Superintendent, Detective, Narcotics Task Force, Leads 1,700 members of the force, etc.
Michael Dvorak: Deputy Chief – Mesa, Arizona Police Department
Education: Phoenix College, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University
Experience: Deputy Chief, Chief of Staff, Homicide Investigations, SWAT, organized crime, etc.
Jeffrey Blackwell: Deputy Chief – Columbus, Ohio Police Department
Education: Mt. Vernon Nazarene, various police training and other leadership seminars
Experience: Deputy Chief, Patrol Officer, Street Crime Enforcement, Cold Case Homicides, etc.
FOX19 has reached out to all four candidates. A representative from the Mesa Police Department speaking on behalf of Dvorak and Cincinnati interim Chief Humphries both declined comment.
Dohoney previously formed a screening committee to review applications and make recommendations.
The 11-person committee, including a former police chief, a former prosecuting attorney, Airforce veterans, business leaders and community members, narrowed the pool from 28 candidates to four.
In a letter written to Dohoney, City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld suggested a town hall meeting open to the public, which will allow each candidate to answer questions from the community.
Dohoney responded by "respectfully declining" the suggestion, confident in the screening committee's contribution to the search.
He wrote in part, "After several rounds of questions, Google searches, background checks and reference checks, I am poised to make a decision in the very near future."
June 21 marked the former Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig's last day on the job. Craig left Cincinnati to take the same position in Detroit.