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Cincinnati city manager nominee speaks about challenges

CINCINNATI (Adam Clements) -- A new man could soon be taking charge in Cincinnati. Leaders gathered Thursday to meet the mayor's choice of Harry Black as city manager.

The man, who's expected to be named Cincinnati's next city manager, was introduced at a press conference at City Hall. Mayor John Cranley hand selected Black and gave his stamp of approval to be the city's next city manager.
 
Black is coming from Baltimore, where he's currently the city's finance director. He's held the position since 2012.

While he was there, he dealt with a multi-million dollar budget shortfall. That's something he'll also face in Cincinnati.

Black said he's looking forward to the challenge of holding one of the city's top positions.  "The key is that if we're not doing things that benefit all people, then we are falling short. Cincinnati is already attracting new jobs."

Harry Black is technically just a nominee for the city manager position. However, it seems to be a foregone conclusion in City Hall that he will be officially named to the position next Wednesday.  Scott Styles is currently serving as acting city manager. He's expected to go back to his former position as an assistant city manager when Harry Black is officially named to the position.

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