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Blue Ash names future new police chief

Paul Hartinger (Source: Blue Ash Police) Paul Hartinger (Source: Blue Ash Police)

After 36 years of service to the City of Blue Ash, Police Chief Chris Wallace will be retiring in early May. 

Chief Wallace began his career in law enforcement in April of 1976 as a Park Ranger for Hamilton County. He started as a Patrol Officer with Blue Ash in February of 1977, and served as Patrol Supervisor, Investigative Supervisor, and was the first Field Commander of the Drug Abuse Reduction Task Force (a multi-jurisdictional unit).

"I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the City of Blue Ash and am confident the police department will be left in good hands," said Wallace.

In anticipation of Chief Wallace's retirement, a candidate has been identified as his successor.

Through a comprehensive testing and interview process, Lieutenant Paul Hartinger has been chosen to serve as Blue Ash's next Police Chief.

Lieutenant Hartinger began his career in law enforcement as a Patrol Officer in 1984 in Lockland. He came to Blue Ash in 1989 as a Patrol Officer, and also worked in plain clothes drug operations, drug investigations, and traffic safety. He was promoted to Sergeant in December of 1998.

In 2008, he was promoted to Lieutenant and placed in charge of Staff Operations along with the administrative end of the police department. Lieutenant Hartinger graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2011, and in the same year he was placed over Patrol Operations.

"I am excited for the opportunity to lead our fine police department", remarked Lieutenant Hartinger. "I've been with Blue Ash since 1989, and I am very grateful for the opportunities I've been given here and the people I've had the pleasure of working with. I am looking forward to continuing those relationships here in the City."

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