Who Picks Cincinnati Council Member Replacements?

Mar 3, 2020

At the beginning of each new Cincinnati City Council term, council members must complete a "successor designation certificate," listing which council members he or she wants to make a selection should their council seat become vacant.

The document reads:

Pursuant to the provisions of Article II, Section 4a of the City Charter, I, (Name) a duly elect member of the City Council of Cincinnati, Ohio, for the term beginning (date) to hereby certify the following Councilmember-Councilmembers as the person-persons empowered to select my successor should my office become vacant due to any cause:

These certificates have been discussed with the recent resignation of Council Member Tamaya Dennard and the upcoming departure of Council Member Amy Murray.

Dennard listed P.G. Sittenfeld on her certificate, and Murray listed Christopher Smitherman and Jeff Pastor.

So what about the remaining council members? Who do they have listed on their certificates?

Vice Mayor Smitherman

  • Murray
  • Pastor

Council Member Greg Landsman

  • Dennard
  • David Mann
  • Chris Seelbach
  • Sittenfeld
  • Wendell Young

Council Member David Mann

  • Dennard
  • Landsman
  • Seelbach
  • Sittenfeld
  • Young

Council Member Pastor

  • Murray
  • Smitherman

Council Member Chris Seelbach

  • Young
  • Sittenfeld

Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld

  • Dennard
  • Seelbach
  • Young
  • Mann
  • Landsman

Council Member Wendell Young

  • Dennard
  • Seelbach

Council members will have to decide if they want to change their certificate now that some of them have named council members who are now gone or will soon be leaving.

These certificates can be altered at any time during the council term.