Leadership shakedown in store for Cincinnati's top city departments

CINCINNATI -- A leadership shakedown is in store for several top Cincinnati city departments when incoming city manager Harry Black steps on board in September.

Among Black’s first tasks will be selecting permanent directors for a half dozen city departments that have been headed by interim leaders for months - and in some cases much longer.

“Based on the fact that some of these individuals have been in an interim capacity for quite some time, it will be important for me to move swiftly,” said Black, who was approved unanimously last week by council as the city’s 15th city manager. He’ll begin his new role Sept. 8.

Shoring up key city administration roles in the short run is critical ground work for big changes planned in the way the city is run longer term, says Black.

“A lot of what we need to do will require collaboration and integration,” Black said. “I’m looking for people with ideas and energy who want to be innovators. Bottom line, I’m looking for compatibility with me.”

The departments in question are among of the city’s most essential operations, including budget, public services, law, and trade and development.

“They’re all so critical,” said Black.

Collectively, the departments account for 547 workers and nearly $54 million in city spending.

WCPO Insiders can read where Black will look for the leaders and for which job he will likely perform a national search. 

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