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Mayor Cranley makes his choice for city manager

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is recommending Harry Black to take over as city manager.

Black has been the city manager in Baltimore since January of 2012. Cincinnati City Council will have to vote to approve him.  Black grew up in Baltimore.  Before 2012, the 51-year-old ran day-to-day operations in Richmond, Virginia where he often clashed with a city council that refused to confirm him as chief administrative officer.

Cincinnati's budget problems should be familiar to him.  In his first year in Baltimore, Black faced a $52 million budget deficit.
   
"He put together the first ever 10-year plan for Baltimore.  So he comes steeped in getting the city's financial house in order, which is obviously one of our major goals," Mayor Cranley said.

Black will replace Milton Dohoney who resigned December first, when Cranley took office. While Cranley pushed for Dohoney's hire in 2006, he has said their views are now different and Dohoney's resignation was a mutual decision.

Scott Stiles has served as interim city manager.

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