Cincinnati's police chief announced nine promotions Wednesday that bring more diversity to the department's leadership.
Chief Eliot Isaac filled three captain positions along with promoting three others to lieutenant and three more to the rank of sergeant.
City Manager Harry Black spoke about the promotions during city council's regular meeting.
“Three African-Americans have been appointed today to the rank of captain, and I believe we have the first African-American female captain in the history of the department who has been appointed today,” Black said. “And we have the fourth African-American female appointed as a lieutenant in the department.”
The Sentinel Police Association, which represents the city's African-American officers, had asked the city to reform the exams given to officers seeking promotions.
“They advocated for reforms, not in the name of diversity, but in the name of fairness and objectivity,” said Mayor John Cranley. “And those changes have led to a dramatic increase in diversity.”
A formal swearing-in ceremony for the officers promoted is tentatively planned for next week.