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Police Chief Search Narrowed

Cincinnati Police Chief Search Narrowed

Four Candidates Considered For Top Position

This afternoon, City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. announced that the list of candidates for the position of Cincinnati Police Chief has been narrowed to four finalists.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

  • Jeffrey Blackwell, Deputy Chief –  Columbus, Ohio  Police Department
  • Michael Dvorak, Deputy Chief – Mesa, Arizona  Police Department
  • Paul Humphries, Interim Police Chief – Cincinnati Police Department
  • Jerry Speziale, Deputy Superintendent – NY/NJ Port Authority Police

At Dohoney’s invitation, eleven representatives with a wide range of experience and knowledge of current policing strategies worked with city staff to recommend a final list of potential candidates. The screening committee including a former police chief, a former prosecuting attorney, military veterans, business leaders, and community members narrowed the pool from 28 to four candidates who will be interviewed by the City Manager in the next coming days.

"I am appreciative to the Screening Committee for their time, dedication, and the seriousness to which they approached the selection process in order to recommend this group of excellent candidates for our next Chief of Police," said City Manager Milton Dohoney.

The final hiring decision is solely the City Manager’s. The City Manager may choose one of the finalists or continue looking at other applicants until the position is filled