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City manager assembles panels to appoint next police chief

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The city manager announced plans Monday to assemble a series of panels to assist in the process of appointing Cincinnati's next police chief. 

Harry Black said he has spent time the last few weeks meeting and gathering feedback from community representatives, rank and file officers, clergy, business representatives and policy-makers about the police chief vacancy. 

The city also invited the general public and all police department employees to weigh in on the desired qualities of the next police chief via a survey that ended on November 2. 

According to Black, 399 total responses were received. 

Assembling a series of police chief selection stakeholder panels will further assist in the process, stated reports. 

The panels will be used as a means to formally elicit feedback on the desired qualities of the next police chief and to vet any prospective candidate. 

Panels will include:

  • Community
  • Police department staff
  • Clergy
  • Business Community
  • FOP/Sentinels

"Additionally, I have asked, via the Chair, that the Law and Public Safety Committee serve as the venue for engagement with policy makers," stated Black. 

The city said each panel includes a diverse group of 7-10 individuals who are representative of the City's various constituencies. 

"Due to the importance of this position, and the vacancies at the chief, assistant chief and captain ranks, we will continue to move swiftly and thoroughly through the process to select the next police chief," said Black. 

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