With streetcar in service, city prepares to part ways with project manager

CINCINNATI -- With the streetcar loop built and the system running, city officials have decided the man in charge of overseeing the streetcar project will be done at the end of the year.

City Manager Harry Black wrote a letter Tuesday to John Deatrick, project executive for the streetcar, informing Deatrick that his "service for this project will conclude on December 31, 2016."

"As we discussed, now that construction is done and the streetcars are in operation, the project is essentially completed and all that remains for you to oversee are a number of close-out items," Black wrote.

The City Council hired Deatrick to manage the project in 2013. Deatrick is Cincinnati's former transportation and engineering director, and he saw the multimillion-dollar reconstruction of Fort Washington Way in the '90s. After a stint in Washington D.C., Deatrick returned to Cincinnati to manage The Banks project for Hamilton County.

The streetcar, now branded as the Cincinnati Bell Connector, has been in service for about a month.

"You have served the city well and with distinction over the years, and have much to offer in your areas of expertise," Black wrote to Deatrick.

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