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Retired Cincinnati Police Chief Named UC Public Safety Director

by Shirley Tirado
Retired Cincinnati Police Chief Named UC Public Safety Director

UC President Neville Pinto announced Wednesday that recently retired Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac would become the university’s director of public safety and police chief.

In a news statement on the university’s website, President Pinto said that “his love for this town and expertise leading a top-notch police department make him an obvious choice to lead at UC. I am convinced he will be an excellent campus safety advocate.”

Isaac will take over as UC’s public safety director on Friday, succeeding James Whalen, retiring after serving in the position since 2015. The university said in a statement that it conducted a national search for Whalen’s replacement and that Isaac was the best candidate.

After seven years as the police chief of the Cincinnati Police Department, Isaac stepped down last month. He spent 33 years with the police department. “Chief Isaac is a community involvement leader,” Pinto stated. “He has spent his career depending on intelligence-led policing techniques to form relationships and solve the crime.

In a statement, Isaac stated that he is looking forward to continuing his professional path by helping students, teachers, staff, and the UC community. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me,” he stated. “I perceive the University of Cincinnati as a gem for the greater Cincinnati area, and I am happy to be a part of the UC family.”

“I am looking forward to building on Public Safety’s achievements and strengthening our ties with all of our partners.” Isaac began his career as a recruit with the Cincinnati Police Department in 1988, rising through the ranks to become chief in 2015, commanding over 1,000 officers.

He graduated from Xavier University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in human resource development. Isaac is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a United States Army National Guard veteran.

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