Cincinnati's likely new city manager is a familiar face. In fact, he's already been doing the job for months.
Mayor John Cranley today nominated Acting City Manager Patrick Duhaney to become the city's permanent city manager.
Duhaney took the helm as the city's top executive in April, when then-City Manager Harry Black left after a protracted and unprecedented tussle with Cranley initially sparked by Black's dismissal of Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Dave Bailey. Black and Cranley traded barbs for weeks as council weighed the terms under which Black would leave.
Cranley had narrowed down his choice to Duhaney and Assistant City Manager John Jeuch.
"I just instinctively knew, this is a man who can be trusted," Cranley said of Duhaney at a news conference today announcing his choice.
Cincinnati City Council must approve Duhaney's nomination, but five council members — Greg Landsman, David Mann, Jeff Pastor, P.G. Sittenfeld and Christopher Smitherman also appeared at the news conference today.
"I believe it’s the toughest job in the city," Sittenfeld tweeted. "He’s ready for it, and has my full support — and my vote!"
Duhaney, 36, was born in Jamaica and served in the U.S. Military before coming to Cincinnati to work at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and then the city's procurement office. He said his experience deactivating explosives had helped him prepare for the tough role of city manager, claiming "it isn't the hardest job I've ever had."
During his time as acting city manager, Duhaney has had to navigate controversy around the city's 911 call center after the death of Kyle Plush this summer. Plush suffocated after calling 911 twice to report he was pinned under the back seat of his minivan. Cranley and other city officials have applauded Duhaney's handling of the crisis and of changes to the city's emergency call center.