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Cincinnati hires budget director as new assistant city manager

Posted at 5:47 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 17:47:12-05

CINCINNATI — City Manager Patrick Duhaney has selected a new assistant city manager.

Chris Bigham, the city's budget director, will now also serve as an assistant city manager while continuing in his current role, Duhaney wrote in a memo to the mayor and council Friday. Bigham officially starts as assistant city manager on Feb. 24.

"Given the city's budget and financial outlook, there is a need to have someone strategically guide the budget, financial and administrative functions of the city while also assessing departmental operations," Duhaney wrote. "This move will help identify additional opportunities for enhancing revenues, reducing costs and maximizing efficiencies."

The addition of Bigham as an assistant city manager means Cincinnati will now have three assistant city managers instead of two. John Juech is staying on as an assistant city manager, and officials are searching for another assistant city manager to fill the position held by Sheila Hill Christian when she steps down this spring.