Why is UC's police chief looking for new job?

Why is UC's police chief looking for new job?
University of Cincinnati Police Chief Anthony Carter has applied to be police chief in Fairfield. (Provided by UC)
Colerain Township Police Chief Mark Denney (Colerain Twp police)
Colerain Township Police Chief Mark Denney (Colerain Twp police)
Cincinnati Police Captain Michael Neville (Cincinnati police)
Cincinnati Police Captain Michael Neville (Cincinnati police)
Fairfield Police Chief Michael Dickey will retire in February (City of Fairfield)
Fairfield Police Chief Michael Dickey will retire in February (City of Fairfield)

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - University of Cincinnati Police Chief Anthony Carter and Colerain Township Police Chief Mark Denney are among nine law enforcement veterans who want to be the top cop in Fairfield, city officials confirmed Monday.

So does Cincinnati Police Captain Michael Neville, who oversees the city's Central Business District (Downtown), according to a a list of candidates given to FOX19 NOW.

Fairfield's current chief, Michael Dickey, is retiring in February. He is 70 years old with a total of 48 years in policing.

Carter has not said why he apparently wants to leave UC after just a year and a half on the job.

UC officials also are not talking, declining comment on Carter's employment status for nearly a week now.

Carter was hired after a national search about a year after a UC officer fatally shot Samuel DuBose during a June 2015 traffic stop off-campus. He worked at Cincinnati police from 1989 until 2012, leaving as a lieutenant. He was working as chief of police at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland when he took the UC job.

At the time, UC's police chief and assistant chief quit amid an external review of the department that found a need for major reforms.

The other candidates who applied by the deadline last week are:

  • Trent Chenoweth, Hamilton police captain
  • Chad DePew, Eaton police chief
  • Steve Drew, Deputy Chief of Richmond Police Department
  • Steven Farmer, lieutenant with Dublin police
  • Stephen Maynard, Fairfield police lieutenant
  • Jeffrey Witte, retired Woodlawn police chief

The deadline for applicants was last week.

The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police is assisting the city by screening the candidates.

They have narrowed the pool to the top six candidates and invited them to move on in the search process, according to Jennifer Dexter, the city's communications manager.

Those candidates are: Carter, Denney, Neville, Chenoweth, Farmer and Maynard.

The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police will next assess the men on Dec. 16, according to city officials.

Fairfield City Council will ultimately choose the chief from the top five applicants.

The job pays $98,000 to $115,000 annually.

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