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Cincinnati meets the final four candidates for police chief

WKRC Cincinnati 12/1/2022 David Winter, WKRC
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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The City of Cincinnati met its next police chief Tuesday. He or she is one of four finalists who introduced themselves to city council and the community. Two of the finalists come from inside the department and two come from outside.

Caption: Cincinnati meets the final four candidates for police chief (City of Cincinnati/Norfolk Police Department/WKRC)

“Why the great city of Cincinnati?” asked City Councilman Scotty Johnson at the Public Safety and Governance meeting Tuesday.

“It’s because of what’s here,” replied Candidate Todd Chamberlain. “It’s what department that’s here, it’s what community is here.”

Chamberlain, from Los Angeles, spent 30 years with the LAPD and just one year leading the LA School District's Police Department before stepping down after the LA City Council defunded it.

Larry Boone recently retired as Chief of Norfolk's police department.

“Things that you are trying to move forward,” began Boone. “The philosophies with respect to equity, with respect to transparency, with respect to building those authentic relationships within the police department and the community – I have done.”

Boone says he focuses on connecting the department with the community.

“I am a hometown girl,” current CPD Assistant Chief Lisa Davis told the committee.

She has been with the department for more than 30 years.

“You all have to ask yourselves, when someone is asking for a position such as this,” said Davis. “‘Can I trust this person, are they committed, and do they care?’ And it’s a ‘Yes’ for all of those.”

Also with the department for more than 30 years, the current interim Police Chief, Teresa Theetge.

“Gun violence,” she began. “We’ve made tremendous strides with our crime gun intelligence center in the last year on gun violence, homicide reduction, officer wellness is extremely important to me.”

Iris Roley with the Black United Front says she's pleased with the process, and the candidates.

“I think they come with a lot of knowledge, a lot of work experience, a lot of history, longevity,” said Roley. “This will be interesting to see who our city manager selects.”

And how they are received by the community.

The city manager says she will make her final decision who gets the job by the end of the year.

The first of two public forums to meet the finalists is Tuesday evening, from 6:30 till 8:00 at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center. There is another Wednesday from 6:30 till 8:00 at Westwood Town Hall. Local 12's Kyle Inskeep will serve as the moderator for that forum.

Attached to this story are the resumes and cover letters of the four finalists.

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