It’s Official: Cincinnati’s James Craig to Become Detroit Police Chief


Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig tells the Cincinnati Enquirer he’s accepted the job as Detroit Police Chief. “It's an emotional day,” Craig said. “But going to Detroit is the ultimate job for me.” Craig's exit comes as 66 Cincinnati police officers face pink slips in the city's effort to balance a $35 million deficit. Reorganization of the department will now be left in his command staff's hands.

The situation in Detroit – Craig's hometown – isn't any rosier. The Motor City is being run by state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who is trying to figure out how to straighten out the city's $327 million budget deficit. Public safety unions in Detroit there are up in arms, having received word from Orr that because Detroit is under receivership it no longer has an obligation to engage in collective bargaining. City Manager Milton Dohoney either will name an interim leader and launch the second search for a chief in three years, or he could simply appoint a new chief.

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