Cincinnati FOP elects new president

Posted at 10:04 PM, Dec 21, 2015

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati's police union elected a new president Monday night.

Sgt. Dan Hils was elected to lead the Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police Queen City Lodge No. 69.

Hils takes over from Police Spc. Kathy Harrell, who had been FOP president for the last 10 years. When she was elected in December 2005, Harrell was the local FOP's first female president.

Just a few hours before Monday night's vote, Eliot Isaac was ceremonially sworn in as the new police chief. Isaac had taken his official oath of office earlier this month to replace former chief Jeffrey Blackwell. City leaders say the morale of rank-and-file officers suffered under Blackwell's leadership but rebounded almost instantly when Isaac was named interim chief this fall.

The FOP represents the vast majority of Cincinnati's 1,000-plus sworn officers.