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Cincinnati's New Fire Chief

Casey Weldon
City of Cincinnati
Cincinnati Fire Chief Roy Winston being sworn-in Thurday.

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black announced Thursday that Roy Winston will be the city's new fire chief.

Winston has been serving as interim chief since Richard Braun retired in April.
Winston has been with the department for nearly 30 years and joined when he was 18-year-old. He has held positions of assistant fire chief of operations and human resources; district fire chief for districts one and four; and at the fire communications center.

"Though there were many highly qualified candidates, it was clear that Chief Winston is the right choice to lead the CFD right now," Black wrote in a memo. "He is highly qualified, respected by those he leads and cares deeply about preserving the safety of this city."

The city manager conducted a national search before selecting an internal candidate for the job.

A city spokesman said there were 23 candidates for the fire chief position.

Prior to becoming interim chief in April, Winston was the acting fire chief during the deadly shooting at the Cameo Nightclub on Kellogg Avenue in March.  Two people were killed and 16 others wounded when gunfire broke out inside the club.