The list for Cincinnati's next police chief narrows to 7 candidates

In-person interviews slated for next week

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CINCINNATI – The list for Cincinnati's next police chief has been narrowed to seven candidates - including two internal police candidates, police officials confirmed Friday.

In-person interviews are scheduled to begin Tuesday with members of the police chief screening committee, officials said.

The two internal candidates are Interim Police Chief Paul Humphries and District 1 Capt. Gary Lee, said a source who spoke to WCPO on the condition of anonymity. Lt. Col. Dave Bailey, the only other Cincinnati police commander who applied for the city's top cop job, did not make the cut.

Interviews with City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr., who will make the final hiring decision, could start as early as Sept. 9, officials said.

The names of the other candidates were not immediately known. City spokeswoman Tiffaney Hardy said there is not a narrowed list of candidates and "all candidates are still viable until a decision is made."

The 11-member selection committee, which includes a cross-section of people, was formed and announced in late June to help Dohoney in selecting a viable candidate for the job.

A total of 34 candidates applied for the job. Three candidates have been rejected for not meeting the minimum requirements and one withdrew his name from consideration.

City officials have said they wanted a new chief in place by the end of the summer, although city spokeswoman Meg Olberding has said the city wanted to narrow the field to a few viable candidates by mid-September.

Dohoney has consistently declined to comment on the police chief process.

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 health care 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.

WCPO.com will update this story as more information becomes available.

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