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Interim chief faces council about permanent position

Eliot Isaac (File) Eliot Isaac (File)

City Manager Harry Black is backing Eliot Isaac as the city's next police chief, and Isaac appeared on Monday before Cincinnati City Council.

He appeared at a special meeting of the Law and Public Safety Committee. 

Council Members Chris Smitherman, Kevin Flynn, Yvette Simpson, and Charles Winburn were in attendance.

“One of the first things that I needed to do particular serving in this interim capacity is to try and create a healthy police department, because until we can do that. we really couldn't focus on doing much else.” Interim Chief Isaac said.

On Friday, Black recommended that Issac, the interim chief who is a 26-year veteran of the police force, be appointed full time to the job. 

“I was really in favor of an internal candidate at this time. Someone who has come from the ranks, understands the culture of our police department, and is ready to lead day one.” Smitherman said.

Kathy Harrell, leader of the police union, says Isaac has the department's support. 

A survey conducted by the city found that residents want a new chief to emphasize department morale and community policing.

Residents also preferred a chief from within the department, unlike the last two chiefs.  

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