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Mayor Cranley picks Patrick Duhaney for city manager

Posted: 10:56 AM, Dec 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-05 19:19:44Z

CINCINNATI -- The Queen City will likely soon have a new city manager, but he's not a stranger to the position.

Mayor John Cranley announced his pick of Patrick Duhaney for Cincinnati's new city manager on Wednesday. Duhaney's appointment will have to be approved by the council before it's official.

Cranley said he was "blown away" by Duhaney during their first meeting.

"I just instinctively knew, this is a man who can be trusted," Cranley said.

Duhaney has been filling the role as acting city manager since Harry Black resigned. Before that, he was Cincinnati's chief procurement officer. He was born in Jamaica and served in the U.S. military before coming to Cincinnati.

Duhaney, 36, said it was "humbling" to be nominated by the mayor and he thanked Cranley, City Council members and city staff for helping him during his time as acting city manager.

"We've seen some grief and we've seen some joy, and I think we've handled it tremendously as a city," Duhaney said about the past few months.

Last month, Cranley announced that he had narrowed the search down to two candidates:  Duhaney and Assistant City Manager John Jeuch. 

Black, the former city manager,  resigned in April after months of turmoil and politicking among members of the city government.