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Interim Akron police chief to take job permanently

Posted at 7:03 AM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 07:28:18-05

The man who has been heading Akron's police force since its former leader resigned amid accusations of misconduct will take over as chief on a permanent basis.

Kenneth Ball was scheduled to be announced as the department's permanent chief at a news conference Wednesday.

He took the post on an interim basis after the resignation of former Chief James Nice in August.

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Nice was of accused of potentially criminal misconduct related to an investigation into his nephew. He was also accused of using a racial slur and having an affair with a member of the department.

Nice's attorney has denied any criminal wrongdoing.

Ball has been an Akron police officer for 26 years.