Cincinnati Names Historic Interim Police Chief

( Cincinnati ) - Police Chief Eliot Isaac announced last year that he would be retiring in 2022, and now the city has announced leadership plans going forward.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, Executive Assistant Police Chief Theresa Theetge was named as Isaac's interim replacement, the first woman in Cincinnati history to hold such a role. "I look forward to being the first female, in showing that I can do it just as well as a male counterpart can do it. But I also look forward to the day when race or gender is not part of the conversation, rather who's the quality candidate for the job," Theetge said.

Chief Isaac praised Theetge's talent, expressing his confidence in the police command staff. He's expected to be involved in the nationwide search that will be conducted to find a permanent police chief. The timing on that, though, will likely happen after a permanent Cincinnati City Manager is selected. That role is currently being held in the interim by John Curp.

Isaac's final working day is this Friday.

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