Cincinnati Mayor-Elect Aftab Pureval to Launch National Search for New City Manager

City Manager Paula Boggs Muething will resign her post Jan. 19.

click to enlarge Cincinnati Mayor-Elect Aftab Pureval announces his transition team on Nov. 15, 2021. - Photo: Allison Babka
Photo: Allison Babka
Cincinnati Mayor-Elect Aftab Pureval announces his transition team on Nov. 15, 2021.

More change is in the works for Cincinnati.

In a Dec. 27 press release, Mayor-Elect Aftab Pureval announces that he would launch a national search to replace current city manager Paula Boggs Muething. Former city solicitor John Curp will serve as interim city manager during the search.

The release indicates that Boggs Muething will resign her position and that she has been helping Pureval's team gear up for post-inauguration duties.

"City Manager Boggs Muething will be remembered for leading the City through one of the most challenging times ever faced by Cincinnatians. When called to serve she was not deterred by the pandemic, corruption, or uncertainty," Pureval says in the release. "During her tenure as City Manager, she has ensured the continuity of city services and the safety of city employees when people across Cincinnati and America fell ill. She oversaw a massive effort to get people vaccinated and 89,000 doses later, lives have been saved."

Prior to winning the Nov. 2 election, Pureval had indicated that he would conduct a national search for a new city manager, something he reconfirmed on Nov. 15.

"It's very important for Cincinnati to know that there's only one mayor at a time, and so while I have been working collaboratively with Mayor Cranley...he is the mayor. So once I get sworn in and once I'm mayor, the national search and some of these other plans will be next," Pureval said. He added that he and Boggs Muething had not spoken directly about the issue at the time.

Curp is a partner at Blank Rome law firm and had been appointed by former Ohio Gov. John Kasich to the Ohio Public Defender Commission.

"John Curp is a smart, effective, and proven government executive," Pureval says in another release. "He has the leadership skills to bring innovation and collaboration to the City of Cincinnati."

Cincinnati City Council will vote to approve Curp as interim city manager and discuss Boggs Muething's severance package on Jan. 5, a release says.

During the Nov. 2 election, Pureval defeated opponent and longtime politician David Mann to cement two important firsts: the first new mayor since John Cranley took office two terms ago, and Cincinnati's first Asian American mayor. Pureval took about 2/3 of the vote.

Pureval will be sworn in on Jan. 4. His administration will include Cincinnati City Council member and Cincinnati Herald publisher Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney as vice mayor.

Earlier this month, Pureval resigned from his position as clerk of courts for Hamilton County.