CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati is conducting a nationwide search for a new police chief less than a year after a former campus police officer was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of motorist during a traffic stop.
Motorist Samuel DuBose was killed by officer Ray Tensing in July. Tensing was subsequently fired.
Campus police Chief Jason Goodrich and Major Tim Thornton resigned in February after interviews conducted by a consultant found managerial mistakes and “gaps.” The consultant said Goodrich told investigators he was unaware of the extent and motivation for a surge in traffic stops, while campus police officers who were interviewed said Goodrich told them that such stops were needed.
The university told The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1TRYZqR) on Thursday that it seeks to hire candidates for chief and assistant chief who mirror the makeup of the community. Goodrich’s successor will be the third police chief for UC since 2013.
“The next leaders of the UCPD will play a crucial role in the development and oversight of a strategy to rebuild trust between UC police and members of the university and residential communities,” Robin Engel, vice president for safety and reform, said in a news release.
The candidates must have experience creating and implementing organizational changes, the university said.
The applications review process is expected to begin later this month.
Tensing’s trial is scheduled for October. He has pleaded not guilty.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com