CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati's interim police chief has been named as the preferred candidate to officially become the city's top cop.
City Manger Harry Black endorsed Eliot Isaac in a press conference Friday.
Isaac is the only candidate for the job, according to Black.
He will now undergo a second phase of the hiring process, which includes interviews and vetting.
"I would use this position to collectively work with all facets of the community to further impact the social conditions that devastate some of our neighborhoods," said Isaac, who is a Cincinnati-native and 26-year veteran of CPD.
Isaac was named interim chief after the firing of former chief Jeffrey Blackwell on Sept. 9.
Black said there was little need to conduct an extensive search for Blackwell's replacement. Instead, he wants to focus time and effort on improving the department.
"When you look in your own backyard and you've got adequate leadership already in place, that sort of lends itself to the approach that I'm taking here," said Black.
The official decision is expected to be made by Christmas.
Isaac was promoted to assistant police chief in July, after serving as a captain since 2004. He has received 20 letters of accommodation.
"He's problem-solving oriented, he's community-oriented and he understands law enforcement requires a multitude of tools and resources, not just locking people up," Black said of Isaac.