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James Craig accepts job as Detroit's police chief

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Cincinnati police chief James Craig made the announcement that he's coming to Detroit on Tuesday morning. Cincinnati police chief James Craig made the announcement that he's coming to Detroit on Tuesday morning.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

James Craig is returning home to be Detroit's newest police chief.

Craig made it official Tuesday by announcing his move from Cincinnati to the Motor City.

"When I look at the city of Detroit, I'm biased," said Craig, who began his career in Detroit. "It's home and it's a great city."

Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. says Craig's resignation will take effect June 22.

Craig says the amount of violence in Detroit concerns him. "We will turn that around."

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr made the following statement regarding the service of Detroit Police Chief Chester Logan and the hiring of James Craig as the new chief of the Detroit Police Department:


"Let me first thank and commend Chief Chester Logan for his decades of service to the city. Chief Logan has selflessly returned from his well-deserved retirement to help lead the Detroit Police Department and we should all be grateful for that.
Public safety is, of course, a paramount concern. This is why I am very excited that Chief James Craig of Cincinnati has accepted our offer to be the next chief of the Detroit Police Department. Chief Craig understands the needs of a large, urban police force having coming up through the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department and having been the top-cop in Portland, Maine and Cincinnati. His accomplishments in and accolades for reducing crime and improving community-police relations precede him. But just as important is the fact that Chief Craig is a Detroiter. He's a graduate of Cass Technical High School and the Detroit Police Academy and served as a Detroit police officer.
Chief Craig brings the experience we need to lead the Department and expedite its exit from federal oversight. He will build bridges with the community and brings with him a proven track record of fighting and reducing crime."

FOX 2's Charlie LeDuff says Craig is out of the Bill Bratton 'camp,' the man credited for cleaning up crime during his time as Chief of Police in Los Angeles, New York and Boston.

Craig has family here. He started his career in 1977 before moving to Los Angeles, where he rose to the rank of captain and took on supervisory roles.  He took on the role of police chief in Cincinnati in August 2011.

LeDuff says his first job will be to name his command staff.

Craig is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds master's degree in management and public administration.

We'll have much more on this story throughout the day.

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