Cincinnati police chief job: Screening committee has not met

City receives additional applications

CINCINNATI -- The committee selected to make recommendations for the next police chief has not yet met, putting in question the timetable of identifying viable candidates for the job by summer’s end.

So far, 34 candidates have applied for the job, including three internal applicants -- Interim Police Chief Paul Humphries, Lt. Col. Dave Bailey and District 1 Capt. Gary Lee. Three candidates have been rejected for not meeting the minimum requirements and one withdrew his name from consideration.

The screening committee, comprised of members of the community as well as the city’s human resources staff, is charged with reviewing the applications and making a recommendation to City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. for his consideration. Two committee members confirmed to WCPO Digital this week they have not yet met nor have they received guidelines for the reviewing process.

“We need to keep the process moving and there has been some review of the applications (by the city human resources department),” city spokeswoman Meg Olberding said on Thursday. “The screening committee has not met yet, but will be talking in the next few weeks.”

The 11-member committee was formed and announced in late June to assist Dohoney in selecting a viable candidate for the job. The selection and hiring of the next chief of police is solely Dohoney’s.

City officials have said they want a new chief in place by the end of the summer, although Olberding said the city seeks to narrow the field to a few viable candidates by mid-September. Dohoney has consistently declined to comment on the police chief process.

According to the city, notable goals for the police chief include:

• Continue to provide leadership development to cultivate positive employee and community relationships.
• Continue to build on the foundation of the department as a leader in public safety and Community Oriented Policing.
• Advance cultural diversity within the department to represent the community make-up.
• Develop creative and innovative approaches to working with city departments on achieving city-wide goals.
• Increase the use of technology in the police department to strengthen program effectiveness in order to advance public safety to the next level.
• Maximize cost effectiveness in addressing overtime and staffing issues facing budget deficits.
• Take a realistic look and review of department issues, and recommend changes in policies and/or procedures.

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. Former police chief James Craig, who accepted the police chief job in his native Detroit, earned $143,000 per year, according to the city manager’s office.

View the complete list of police chief applicants at

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