Cincinnati officials have hired a new director for the Citizen Complaint Authority, according to a city internal memo.
The memo from City Manager Harry Black to Mayor John Cranley and City Council members reads Kim Neal will begin her new post July 13.
According to the memo, Neal has a background in ethics and compliance. For the last three years she served as chief ethics officer for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, a water and waste water utility in the Washington D.C. area. Neal investigated allegations of misconduct and code of ethics violations and trained employees on ethics compliance.
The Citizen Complaint Authority or CCA investigates citizen complaints against Cincinnati police officers, including discharging of firearms, deaths in police custody, use of excessive force and improper search and seizure.
The CCA was formed as part of the Collaborative Agreement after the riots in Cincinnati in 2001.
According to the CCA’s website, the agency reviewed 320 complaints in 2014 for an average of 26.7 complaints per month.
Kenneth Glenn, who had served as agency director since 2006, retired in July 2014.