CINCINNATI -- During his swearing-in ceremony, held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center late Monday afternoon, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac spoke about the humbling nature of his position.
"Standing here, I am awestruck," he said, "to have this ceremony in a place that represents the struggle and hardship of those who have come before me. Their struggle has been the hallmark of this nation that have paved the way for me to have such an opportunity."
City Manager Harry Black officially offered Isaac the job two weeks ago, about two months after Isaac stepped in as interim chief after the ouster of former chief Jeffrey Blackwell.
Black said Isaac was the only man considered for the job and that city leaders believe he is the veteran and leader who can correct the department’s direction. He has spent the past few months re-energizing the department as it tackles a rise in violent crime.