Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig may still be considering the top cop position in Detroit, according to a local news outlet.FOX 2 News in Detroit reports Chief Craig visited Detroit last week in connectionMore >>
Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig admitted Wednesday that he has met with city officials in Detroit about the open police chief position there.More >>
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
A published report says Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig will be offered the same job in his hometown of Detroit in the next week or so.
"If they say it's this week then I'll see if my phone rings this week," Chief Craig said Monday.
According to Detroit news columnist Nolan Finley, Craig is the unanimous choice of the city to fill the police chief vacancy.
"Detroit is coming back so being part of that certainly is a good opportunity, especially from a place I call home," Craig said.
Craig maintained Monday that he has received no official job offer from Detroit yet. He told FOX19 that he did interview for the job in April.
"I can't go into the details, I think the process is still a very active process," Craig explained. "The decision makers haven't officially stated who they selected. I think it's out of fairness to the process that I would wait [to comment]."
Craig tells FOX19 he has talked with Cincinnati City manger Milton Dohoney, Mayor Mark Mallory, and elected officials but says there has been no official offer presented to him recently to stay in Cincinnati.
Craig also said that he has been approached about running for Mayor of Cincinnati, and he has not ruled out that possibility. Current Mayor Mark Mallory's term is up this year.
"I think they mayor's position would be too political and wouldn't be very good use to us," FOP President Kathy Harrell said Monday. "We're tired of politics. We're tired of seeing politicians."
Police union president Kathy Harrell says if Craig stays in Cincinnati she wants him to remain chief.
"We're just going to stay positive and hope that he does stay, but I truly believe that he's probably going to be leaving," she told FOX19.
Craig said he would not take more money to stay in Cincinnati because of looming layoffs of police officers.
"I am not motivated by money," Craig told listeners of The Buzz live on air Monday morning.
Without financial motivations, some question what incentives would keep the Chief in the Queen City.
"I don't think there is any," Harrell said. "I mean, for some people home is home."
"As excited as I am about the Detroit opportunity, I'm very concerned about the men and women who may be losing their jobs," Craig told radio listeners.
"It's just really bad timing for us with everything that we're going through now," Harrell says. "I can only hope that he could stay here throughout this layoff process."
When FOX19 asked if Craig would commit to stay in Cincinnati for some duration to see the process through, he declined to answer.
"I can't speak on the future because I don't know if I'm leaving," Craig said.
In the mean time, the Chief told radio listeners he is staying focused on the Queen City.
"Until that decision is made I'm going to continue to plow forward and work as hard as I worked when I got here because I'm committed to the city," Craig said.
Craig says if there is an offer from Detroit and he accepts he is hoping the city will wait to fill his position and instead save two other officer positions.
Harrell says she does not see the city doing that, but says it will likely be a long process to hire a new chief by nature of the search.
"I think the unknown is what's really going to worry and concern everyone; about who is actually going to be his replacement," Harrell said.
At the same time, both Harrell and Craig emphasized they believe Cincinnati's police department will be in good hands if the Detroit offer materializes and is accepted.
Harrell says if Craig leaves to take the job in Detroit, Assistant Chief Paul Humphries would be acting police chief, in the interim. Humphries is a 26 year department veteran who was promoted earlier this year.
As many as 50 people were reported to have been contacted about the position.
FOX19 will continue to monitor the situation and update the story as more details become available.