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Dayton's city manager stepping down

City of Dayton, Ohio

Dayton's city manager announced Monday he will be stepping down on January 31st.  Tim Riordan has held the job since 2009.  

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the City of Dayton for these five years,” Riordan said in a printed statement.  “I want to thank the city commission for their support and courage during these tough economic times.  I believe it is time for another individual to bring unique talents and skills to move our city forward.  For me, I look forward to something new and different."

Mayor Nan Whaley said she appreciates Riordan's hard work and dedication.

"When Tim became manager in 2009, the City faced many difficult challenges,” Mayor Whaley said in a prepared statement.  “The Commissioners and I are truly thankful for his hard work and dedication to the citizens of Dayton and are proud of the city's accomplishments.  He will be greatly missed by the Commission and the City Staff."

The city commission will begin search efforts for a new city manager in a few weeks.  

“The Commission must identify someone who is the right fit," Whaley said. "That person must have a management style that lends itself to the momentum of this community and can implement the vision of this Commission."   

That could include hiring a professional search firm at soon as Wednesday.  

Riordan also previously worked in Cincinnati as finance director and served briefly as acting city manager.  He has more than 40 years of local government experience.