Vote to confirm new city manager delayed

Dec 3, 2013

Cincinnati Council will not vote Wednesday to confirm Willie Carden as the next city manager.

Mayor John Cranley announced the delay Tuesday just before Council's Rules Committee was scheduled to interview Carden and take a vote.

Cranley said he was delaying the vote because he did not realize some council members had not seen an ordinance that will exempt Carden from living in the city.

"To make sure that Council has time to digest the ordinances," Cranley said. "And that all of you have the opportunity to meet with Mr. Carden individually before taking a vote."

Carden currently resides in Colerain Township.

Cincinnati requires the manager and other senior department heads live in the city. But the group from time to time has waived the requirement.

Council Member Chris Seelbach praised the delay.

"I and several other members of this Council have not had the chance to meet with Willie one-on-one since the announcement," Seelbach said. "And absolutely have not seen any ordinances, so thank you. This is a good step."

Carden has been with Cincinnati for 27 years and has been the head of the Parks Department since 2000. Cranley selected him to be city manager last week.