Commissioners change administrator's duties

May 6, 2015

Credit Provided / Hamilton County

Hamilton County Commissioners have removed the county administrator from economic development projects, and from anything related to the Banks, including Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park.

The three commissioners were unhappy with an e-mail Christian Sigman sent to Cincinnati city manager Harry Black last week in which he was critical of the pace of the Banks project. He also questioned whether there should be a change in developers.

On Monday, after a regularly scheduled staff meeting, the commissioners decided to remove Sigman from economic development projects and reassign the work to assistant county administrator Jeff Aluotto.

Sigman will not receive a pay cut.  Aluotto will not receive a raise or a change in job title.

Commissioner Todd Portune says the board’s decision did not need a motion.  All three agreed to the change in duties.

Portune says the board has also reviewed the Ohio code regarding the role of county administrators and he says it’s much different than what’s actually practiced.  In other words, that means county administrators are doing more today than what was first set down in the guidelines.