Council Meets City Manager Frontrunner

Some Cincinnati City Council members met individually Monday night with Mayor Mark Mallory’s prospect to become the next city manager.

Four council members were scheduled to conduct brief one-on-one interviews with Milton Dohoney Jr. at a downtown hotel, City Hall sources said. Five council members met earlier this year with Dohoney.

Dohoney is chief administrative officer of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. He previously served as Louisville’s deputy mayor.

Among city council members who met with Dohoney earlier, reaction was mixed. Some liked the applicant as a “go-getter,” but others were troubled by what they called his lack of experience and his record in Lexington.

Dohoney became the frontrunner for the city manager’s job after Mallory’s top choice, Robert Bobb, rejected the overture following talks. Bobb is city administrator in the District of Columbia. Four years ago, during another city manager search, Bobb was a finalist for the job that eventually went to Valerie Lemmie, who resigned last year.

Whoever is selected will replace David Rager, the city’s water works director, who has served as interim city manager since September 2005. Mallory originally hoped to submit his recommended city manager for city council approval by March 31, but later extended the timeframe until this fall.

— Kevin Osborne

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