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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
After less than two years in Cincinnati, Police Chief James
Craig is leaving the Queen City for his hometown of Detroit.
The official announcement was made during a press conference
on Tuesday morning at City Hall. The resignation will be effective June 22.
Craig has committed to
staying in the Queen City to be there for officers when anticipated cuts going
into effect in early June.
"We're facing possible
layoffs and in support for the men and women I want to physically be here on
that day because it's that important," Craig said.
"He certainly will be missed," said City Manager
Milton Dohoney. "Under the tenure of Chief Craig, crime went down in the
city. You'd have to call his time here a success."
Assistant Chief Paul Humphries has been appointed interim
chief and will help lead the department during the layoff process.
"I have a very good
working relationship with Kathy Harrell, the union president," he said Tuesday.
"We're going to be working through a lot."
When asked whether he will
be applying for the top cop position, Humphries would not comment.
"Today is about Chief
Craig and the last 20 months," he said. "We'll talk about that later."
Dohoney said he will begin a nationwide search on Wednesday.
He expects the search to last through much of the summer. During the last hiring process 43 candidates applied
for the job. Of the final four candidates, two were internal.
James Whalen is still with
the department and Vincent Demasi has since retired and taken the job of Police
Chief in West Palm Beach. FOX19 reached out to Demasi to see if he would
be interested in re-applying for the position, but as of Tuesday evening had
not heard back.
Whoever the City chooses,
Craig has one key piece of advice for the next candidate.
"The next Chief is going
to have to embrace the rank and file," Craig emphasized. "That's not a might do
it, that's critical."
"Chief, we're going to miss you," said Mayor Mark
Mallory. "We were honored to have you for the time we had you. You have
learned while you were here, you have taught while you were here and we're a
better city for it."
Chief Craig began his police career in Detroit back in 1977
before moving to Los Angeles in 1981. He was hired as Cincinnati's police chief
in summer of 2011.
Craig has a track record of engaging with youth, in
particular, to forge positive relationships with officers. He began Children In
Trauma Intervention (C.I.T.I.) Camp for at-risk grade school youth, which
aims to build character through discipline, leadership training and physical
fitness. The first C.I.T.I. Camp was at Rothenberg School in Over the Rhine;
the second was at South Avondale School and beginning in October of this year,
the third will be at Rockdale School.
Additionally, Chief Craig revived the Explorers Program,
which is a program through Boys Scouts of America. This program gives
young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by
working and training with members of the Cincinnati
The Chief developed an External Advisory Committee made up
of active local community members and business leaders. The Board was comprised
to discuss policies and procedures and how they affect the greater community.
Additionally, Chief Craig developed an Internal Advisory Board, made up of both
sworn and civilian members of the Department, to address departmental issues
within the CPD and to promote open dialogue to increase effective practices and
"I thank Chief Craig for his leadership and
service," said Milton Dohoney Jr. "I am confident in the
professionalism of the men and women of the department to continue offering the
community the best service possible and to forge ongoing positive relationships
with our neighborhoods."
City Councilman Chris Seelbach said in a tweet on Monday:
Chief Craig officially leaving for Detroit. Cincinnati safer b/c of his
efforts. We will find a great person to continue momentum."
"I started my policing career in Detroit almost 37
years ago. So with the possibility of going home, it's huge," Chief Craig
told FOX19's Brett Hoffland on Monday.
Craig also spoke candidly of Cincinnati's police
"It's really been a great experience for me, and I know
some would question me talking in the past tense but I have to because when I
got here certainly the men and the women who wear that uniform every day,
they're some of the best police officers I've had the opportunity to work
with," said Craig.
City officials spoke highly of Craig during his one-year
review in 2012, saying he'd done a terrific job since taking the
"Together we did some great things. We've reduced
crime. We started some youth programs. Sometimes when you go into a new place,
a new organization, there's a strong resistance to change, but they embraced
it, and here we are just two years in and folks have really been
supportive," added Craig.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
(WMC) - A teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of this 10-year-old sister will serve several years in a Tennessee Department of Corrections Youth Facility. The teen, whoMore >>
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