2 more internal candidates apply for Cincinnati police chief
Kareem Elgazzar, WCPO Digital
5:51 PM, Jul 22, 2013
10:53 PM, Aug 25, 2013
CINCINNATI - Two more internal candidates have applied for the police chief job bringing the total to three.
Lt. Col. Dave Bailey and District 1 Capt. Gary Lee both applied late last week ahead of the Friday early application deadline, according to documents obtained by WCPO Digital. Spanning the next several weeks, the screening committee will review applications and make recommendations to City Manager Milton Dohoney in hopes of hiring a new chief by summer’s end.
So far this year, an uptick in violent crime has plagued some areas of the city, intensifying calls to hire a new chief quickly including Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls. Crimes of violence reported to Cincinnati police – homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults – were up by 5 percent compared during the first six months of this year compared to the the same period last year.
As of Friday’s 11:59 p.m. deadline, the city manager’s office received 28 applications. Lt. Col. James Whalen, one of three assistant chiefs in the Cincinnati police department, did not apply for the position. Whalen is the son of former police chief Lawrence Whalen, who served in the late 1980s.
Bailey, who oversees the Office of Criminal and Special Investigations, was promoted to lieutenant colonel in May. His primary role is to create strategies to combat violent crime. Bailey also served as District 5 commander from 2007 to 2012.
Lee was promoted to captain in October 2001, and has commanded the community liaison, patrol administration, information fusion, inspections and the special services sections during his tenure.
Only one woman, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Ann Young, applied for the position. Young has 30-plus years experience as a police officer, and in April 2000, was the first black officer promoted to the rank of Captain I in that department. In February 2002, Young was promoted to Captain II. She is currently the commanding officer of Central Traffic Division.
Columbus Deputy Chief Jeffrey Blackwell applied for the position on Friday. He is a 22-year veteran and has served in patrol, traffic and cold case homicide divisions before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1994. He was nominated for the Mayor’s Award of Excellence in 2005 for his work as chairman of the photo red light committee. “Red-light” cameras are at 20 intersections throughout Columbus.
Former Detroit police chief James Barren applied for the position on July 2. Barren was fired only seven months into his tenure in July 2009. He holds a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Wayne State University, according to his resume.
Melvin Turner, currently serving as Detroit’s second deputy chief, applied for the position on June 19. He is responsible for developing and administering educational crime prevention programs, according to his resume. He holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Detroit.
Bryan Norwood, who was chief of police in Richmond, Va. from November 2008 until his resignation in February 2013, applied for the job on June 17. Under his leadership, violent crime declined in each year and the homicide rate dipped to the city’s lowest level in 20 years, according to his resume.
The police chief job posting, which went public in June, lists an annual salary range of $101,956.03 to $137,640.65 and offers 10 paid days off, a retirement plan and an 80/20 healthcare plan. It also mentioned the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission exam, which grants police officers arrest and citation powers. Former police chief James Craig, who accepted the police chief job in his native Detroit, earned $143,000 per year.