Cincinnati City Manager Resigns, Ending Feud With Mayor
Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black quit on Saturday, rather than face termination by the City Council.
Black said Saturday morning in a memo his decision to resign was "based on the reality that the work environment has become very hostile." Council on Saturday voted 5-0 to accept his resignation and appoint Assistant City Manager Patrick Duhaney as the interim city manager. Black will receive a 174 thousand dollar severance and another 100 thousand in benefits. His resignation ends a weeks-long feud with Mayor John Cranley, who asked Black to resign in early March, citing unprofessional behavior. Council had been split on whether to fire Black until Thursday, when one member changed his mind and gave council enough votes to support termination. The member said he wasn't happy with Black's handling of longstanding problems with the city's 911 call center. The call center came under council scrutiny this week following the death of a teenager who the previous week called 911 twice after being trapped in a minivan. Police were not able to find the teen. Black was Baltimore, Maryland's Chief Financial Officer before succeeding Milton Dohoney as Cincinnati City Manager in September, 2014.