Wednesday, August 22, 2001

Solicitor to shuffle city law department




By Gregory Korte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati City Solicitor Fay Dupuis will make a number of key changes in the city's law department next month — moves that she said will underscore changes in the way the office helps the police and prosecutes crimes.

        Ernest McAdams Jr., who now heads the Community Prosecution Program, will become the new city prosecutor, replacing Terrence Cosgrove.

        Mr. Cosgrove, who has been the city prosecutor for 14 years, will move to a new job as general counsel. In that job, he will work directly with police and fire departments, advising the safety forces on issues of training, policy and prosecution of nuisance, code enforcement, and liquor control issues.

        The retirement of Chief Counsel Nancy Simmons, a 30-year veteran of the law department, led to the personnel changes. She will leave Aug. 31.

        Both jobs report to Deputy Solicitor Robert Johnstone.

        Mr. Cosgrove's experience as a criminal prosecutor working with police will help him in the new position, which will have an emphasis on training, Mr. Johnstone said.

        He said Mr. Cosgrove will help the Police Division deal with many of the issues raised in a U.S. Justice Department investigation of police policies and procedures.

        Mr. McAdams, the former director of the Office of Municipal Investigations, came to the solicitor's office last year to start a Community Prosecution Program.

        That program was supposed to team prosecutors with community leaders to attack neighborhood-specific problems with crime.

        But now that the federal funding for that program has run out, Mr. McAdams will take some of those ideas over into the criminal division.

        “That's one of the reasons he was promoted,” Mr. Johnstone said. “He has nurtured all along a good relationship with community interests.”

       



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