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Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac Retiring In 2022

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John Minchillo

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac announced his plans to retire in early 2022 during the Lincoln Ware ShowMonday. Isaac has been with the department for over 30 years and was promoted to chief in 2015.

The department quoted Isaac as saying, "Right now, due to my tenure and how our retirement system works, I plan to retire some time in the first quarter of 2022."

Late Monday afternoon, officials hadn't released more information about his retirement plans.

When Isaac was named chief, he said he wanted to focus on violent crime, data-driven practices, and working with community leaders. 

Isaac became interim chief in September 2015 after former City Manager Harry Black fired former Chief Jeffrey Blackwell. Black said officers had no confidence in Blackwell's leadership.

WVXU reported at the time Isaac was executive assistant police chief prior to his appointment as interim chief. He also served as a police captain, directed the Criminal Investigations Section, and was a District 4 commander. 

This article may be updated as more information becomes available.

Reporters Howard Wilkinson and Ann Thompson contributed to this report. 

Jolene Almendarez is the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants who came to San Antonio in the 1960s. She was raised in a military family and has always called the city home. She studied journalism at San Antonio College and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Public Communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She's been a reporter in San Antonio and Castroville, Texas, and in Syracuse and Ithaca, New York.