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Cincinnati's budget director leaving for new job

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Lea Eriksen

Lea Eriksen, the city of Cincinnati's budget director, is leaving Cincinnati City Hall for a similar position in Long Beach, California.

Eriksen, who has 16 years in the city administration, has resigned effective Feb. 16, although her last day in office will be on Jan. 24, according to Interim City Manager Scott Stiles.

She has accepted the position of Budget and Performance Evaluation Manager in Long Beach.

Stiles said in a news release that Peggy Sandman, a supervising managing analyst for the city, will serve as Cincinnati's interim director until a permanent appointment is made.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.