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Isaac officially named permanent police chief

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

City Manager Harry Black officially named Interim Police Chief Eliot Isaac the permanent chief Thursday.

"He intimately knows and understands the issues facing the city of Cincinnati and the police department," Black said.

Several city officials including Mayor John Cranley joined Black at a City Hall press conference. The mayor said hiring the chief from within the department was the right thing to do.

"What a great day for the city of Cincinnati," Cranley said.

Isaac said he was honored to become the city's 15th police chief.

"I am extremely excited for this opportunity and I am looking forward to working with the community and moving forward," he said.

Isaac took over as interim chief after Jeffrey Blackwell was fired from the position in September.

City records and statements from co-workers, including some of Blackwell's closest advisers, illustrated a "toxic" and "hostile" working environment

"Morale is at an unprecedented low level, and the general sentiment throughout the department is that Mr. Blackwell’s leadership style has created a work environment of hostility and retaliation," Black wrote after terminating Blackwell.    

Isaac is a 26-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department who became a police captain in 2004.

He served in patrol administration before becoming assistant chief. He’s also served as a Criminal Investigation Commander, District Four Commander, Internal Investigations Commander and Department Night Chief.

Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach took to Twitter to announce the news Wednesday afternoon.  

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