Craig a finalist to be Cincinatti police chief

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PORTLAND — Police Chief James Craig is one of four finalists to become the top cop in Cincinnati, Ohio.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper, the finalists were announced on Monday night by Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr.

The paper said the finalists were chosen after six of the original 43 candidates were interviewed by a screening panel. The finalists are expected to have interviews with the city manager over the next two weeks.

The new chief will lead a 1,175-employee department with a roughly $100 million budget, which is nearly a third of the city’s $340 million operating budget.

Craig, who was a captain in the Los Angeles Police Department before becoming police chief in Portland in March 2009, is competing with two Cincinnati assistant chiefs and a retired police captain from Washington, D.C.