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Cincy Council approves manager severance package

Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney with Mayor Mark Mallory.

Cincinnati Council has officially accepted a plan that will let City Manager Milton Dohoney resign on December 1st and still receive a severance package.  

Mayor-elect John Cranley announced Wednesday night Dohoney would be leaving after conversations between the two of them.  

City Solicitor John Curp explained the item Council was being asked to approve.

“Provide for the manager to receive his separation pay subject to a resignation,” Curp said.  “It also appropriates money to the appropriate accounts to pay those benefits that he’s entitled too.”

Had the contract not been modified, Dohoney would have only received severance if he was terminated by the city without cause.  

Council Member Chris Seelbach supported the ordinance, but he said he didn't like the process...

“Elections have consequences and decisions were made behind the scenes,” Seelbach said.  “The city manager issued his resignation instead of having the Council decide the path forward.  It’s an unfortunate circumstance for someone who’s worked very hard to serve the city well.”

Cranley will be appointing an acting city manager while he searches for a permanent replacement.