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Questions over Resignation of City Manager
CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- All is not well at Cincinnati City Hall over the fate of city manager Milton Dohoney.
Mayor-elect John Cranley says Dohoney will resign effective December 1st, swearing-in day for Cranley and the newly elected city council.
Local 12 News reporter Jeff Hirsh has more at City Hall with the fallout.
Its no surprise that John Cranley wants to bring in his own city manager. This is a common practice in city government. But some people on city council are not happy with the way Cranley handled the retirement announcement. They feel the whole situation has been messy and hurtful.
City manager Milton Donhoney was not in his usual place during the city hall meeting on Thursday. Wednesday night Mayor-elect John Cranley said Dohoney agreed to resign effective December 1st.
The outgoing city council is given an ordinance for Dohoneys resignation. It includes one years severance, $255,000, plus health benefits. They had to vote on whether or not to accept his resignation.
If Dohoney had been fired he would have automatically gotten those benefits, but because he is resigning there needs to be an ordinance. Some on council felt Dohoney deserved better, and they werent talking about his severance package.
City Councilmember, Chris Seelbach, said,This isn't the way that I would have liked it to happen. Elections have consequences and decisions were made behind the scenes and the city manager issued his resignation instead of having the council decide the path. Its an unfortunate circumstance for someone whos worked very hard to serve this city well.
Vice-mayor Roxanne Qualls who lost the race for Cincinnati mayor also felt the manager deserved more positive farewell.
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