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Former mayor Mallory takes private sector job

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Former Mayor Mark Mallory

Former Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory has taken a high-level job with a Pittsburgh-based engineering company.

Mallory, who left office Nov. 30 after eight years as Cincinnati’s mayor, will be the senior vice president and national director of community and North American economic development for the Chester Group.

The Chester Group provides “energy, water and wastewater solutions to public and industrial clients across the United States and internationally,” the company said in a press release.

Mallory “has shown himself to be an extraordinary leader throughout his career and has a proven track record with establishing solid relationships,’’ said Robert Agbede, the Chester Group’s president and CEO.

Mallory will remain in Cincinnati in his new position. He began working for the Chester Group on Jan. 13.

“This is a great opportunity to be part of a century-old, world class global organization where I can utilize my expertise in creating strategic alliances to support the company’s plans for growth,’’ Mallory said in a written statement.

“I have spent the last eight years working to revitalize Cincinnati and now I was to use my experience to help mayors and other elected officials revitalize communities throughout North America,’’ Mallory said.

Mallory finds himself out of elected office for the first time in 20 years. In 1994, he followed his late father, State Rep. William Mallory Sr., into the Ohio House. In 1998, he became a state senator, before running for mayor in 2005. He was re-elected mayor in 2009. Cincinnati’s term limits law prevented him from running again in 2013.