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Personnel shuffle continues in Cincinnati government

Jay Hanselman

Update:  Council Members Seelbach and Sittenfeld have called for a special Council meeting Thursday about today's personnel changes at city hall.  Both want to hear from the interim city manager about the changes and the manager/council relationship as it relates to the job changes. 

Some major leadership changes are coming to Cincinnati City Hall.

Interim City Manager Scott Stiles announced in a memo Tuesday that Assistant City Manager David Holmes will retire on April 1st.

Stiles thanks Holmes for his work on The Banks project and helping coordinate the city’s preparations for the World Choir Games in 2012.

William Moller will be replacing Holmes, and will begin work on February 9th.  He retired from the city in 2006, and previously served as Deputy City Manager, Finance Director and Budget Director.  Moller has also worked for governments in Covington, Kentucky and Hamilton, Ohio.

“Cincinnati needs not only someone who is proficient in all aspects of municipal finance,” Stiles wrote in the memo.  “But in the aspects of the City of Cincinnati’s finances in particular.”

Stiles also announced Tuesday current City Solicitor John Curp will be taking the job as Chief Counsel for the Metropolitan Sewer District and the Water Works.

“John has the private sector experience to assist the utilities with a market-oriented approach,” Stiles wrote.  “And is uniquely positioned to understand both the particulars of MSD and GCWW as well as the areas in which they can expand.”

Stiles said the move will save the utilities, and ultimately the ratepayers, money on outside legal counsel.

Terrence Nestor, who is currently the chief litigator for the city, will serve as acting solicitor.