CINCINNATI — The man who had been serving as interim fire chief in Cincinnati has been selected as the city’s new fire chief.

City officials say Roy Winston is replacing former Chief Richard Braun (BRAHN), who retired in April. Winston has served as interim chief since Braun left.

Winston is a 29-year veteran with the fire department and has served as assistant chief of operations, the district chief for two districts and a department spokesman.

City Manager Harry Black wrote in a memo that Winston is highly qualified, respected by those he leads and cares deeply about preserving the safety of the city.

His selection as chief comes after a national search. A city spokesman says there were 23 candidates for the chief’s job.

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