University of Cincinnati police chief resigns, interim chief named

University of Cincinnati police chief resigns, interim chief named
Anthony Carter (FOX19 NOW)
Anthony Carter and Maris Herold in Summer 2016. (FOX19 NOW/file)
Anthony Carter and Maris Herold in Summer 2016. (FOX19 NOW/file)

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH (FOX19) - University of Cincinnati's police chief is out, university officials confirmed Tuesday, ending days of speculation about Anthony Carter's employment status.

The university accepted Carter's voluntary resignation on Nov. 23, according to Robin Engel, UC's Vice President for Safety and Reform.

Carter did not comment when FOX19 NOW reached him last week and could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.

Carter was hired in June 2016. He was part of a new leadership team put in place after a national search.

The search came about a year after a UC officer fatally shot Samuel DuBose during a June 2015 traffic stop off-campus. The UC police chief and assistant chief at the time quit amid an external review of the department that found a need for major reforms.

UC released this statement Tuesday:

Tony is proud of UCPD's growth and development during his time with the University. He has enjoyed working with UC students, faculty, and staff, and will be moving into a new role within the University's Institute of Crime Science ("ICS"). Housed in the School of Criminal Justice, the ICS team combines the knowledge and skills of both academic researchers and criminal justice practitioners, like Tony, to solve real-world problems.

On Monday, Fairfield city officials confirmed Carter was among nine applicants to be their next police chief. Carter is among the top six contenders. They hope to name the new chief in February, when longtime chief Michael Dickey retires.

In the meantime, Lt. Col. Maris Herold has been appointed interim UC police chief.

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