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UC's police chief resigns, will be in new role in UC's Institute of Crime Science

Posted at 10:49 AM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 00:49:50-05

CINCINNATI -- The University of Cincinnati's police chief has "voluntarily" resigned from his position and will take a new role at the school, according to the university.

Anthony Carter has served as UCPD chief for a year and a half. He is moving to a new position within the university's Institute of Crime Science, according to an email from Robin Engel, UC's vice president for safety and reform.

The university accepted Carter's voluntary resignation on Thursday, Engel said.

"The ICS team combines the knowledge and skills of both academic researches and criminal justice practitioners, like Tony, to solve real-world problems," Engel said.

Greg Vehr, the University of Cincinnati's vice president of communications, confirmed Monday night that Asst. Police Chief Maris Herold is serving as acting chief of police for UC.

Judge John West, chair of UCPD's Community Advisory Council, said the council knew nothing about the change in Carter's status at UCPD until the announcement of his resignation five days later.

The Community Advisory Council was created in October 2015 after the shooting death of Sam DuBose by former UCPD officer Ray Tensing. Carter's predecessor, Jason Goodrich, resigned in February 2016 while the department underwent an external review, spurred by DuBose's death.

The university hasn't answered any of the WCPO I-Team’s questions about Carter's new role, such as: What exactly is it? When does he start? Was this job created for him?

Carter was hired by UCPD in June 2016 after he worked as chief for the Federal Reserve Bank’s Cleveland-Cincinnati branch. He was also a Cincinnati police officer for 23 years. The Federal Reserve Bank declined to release Carter's personnel file, claiming it does not have to because it is a bank. 

Carter was named as a finalist for the open Fairfield Police Chief position, City of Fairfield spokesperson Jenny Dexter said Monday. Also in the running are Colerain Twp. Police Chief Mark Denney and Cincinnati Police Capt. Mike Neville, Dexter said.