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Cincinnati seeks input from public, cops, on next police chief

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black (FOX19 NOW/File) Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black (FOX19 NOW/File)
Eliot Isaac (Provided by the city of Cincinnati) Eliot Isaac (Provided by the city of Cincinnati)

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black is asking residents and community stakeholders to participate in the police chief selection process by taking and sharing a brief survey. 

The survey is available on the city’s website until Nov. 1.

"The position of Cincinnati police chief means so much from a safety perspective, but it also represents a great deal symbolically for Cincinnati and the region," city official said in a prepared statement Monday. "While the decision ultimately resides with the City Manager, it will not be made in a vacuum.

"Over the last several weeks, City Manager Black has spent time meeting and gathering feedback from community representatives, rank and file officers, clergy, business representatives and policy-makers about the police chief vacancy. This work will continue.

Said Black: “The more feedback and perspective received, from all segments of the community, the better. I do not want this feedback process to be limited, which is why I am inviting the community to comment on the desired qualities of Cincinnati’s next police chief.”

Black also is offering a similar survey to the entire police department staff.

City leaders say these surveys are one of the avenues they are using to systematically gather input from the various stakeholders of Cincinnati.

The information gathered will help inform the police chief selection process.

“Because of the vacancies at the chief, assistant chief and captain ranks it is important we move swiftly and thoroughly with this process, and we will," Black said.

The city's last police chief, Jeffrey Blackwell, was fired in September. 

Interim Police Chief Eliot Isaac, a 26-year department veteran, has been filling in ever since.

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