Two Cincinnati Council Members are complaining about this week's demotion of John Curp from city solicitor to chief counsel for MSD and the Water Works.
P.G. Sittenfeld and Chris Seelbach questioned Interim City Manager Scott Stiles about the personnel move he announced Tuesday in a memo. Seelbach said he thinks Stiles made his decision based on the wishes of Mayor John Cranley or perhaps some council members.
"To me it just seems incredibly fishy, incredibly political and incredibly wrong and against our city charter," Seelbach said.
A Cincinnati Council majority has rejected the latest attempt to repeal the city's responsible bidder law for Metropolitan Sewer District and Water Work projects. It requires companies bidding on contracts worth more than $400,000 to have apprenticeship programs to train workers.
The law is causing friction between the city, which manages MSD, and Hamilton County which owns the district and funds it. County Commissioners are refusing to approve contracts awarded using the city's responsible bidder ordinance.
Hamilton County Commissioners say they're willing to work with the city but when it comes to making Metropolitan Sewer District decisions, they're in charge.
In a resolution passed Wednesday the board agreed to set inclusion goals similar to the aim of the city's Responsible Bidder ordinance. The county says that ordinance is unfair. It also dislikes the city's Local Preference policy and says it's illegal.
Update: Council Members Seelbach and Sittenfeld have called for a special Council meeting Thursday about today's personnel changes at city hall. Both want to hear from the interim city manager about the changes and the manager/council relationship as it relates to the job changes.
Some major leadership changes are coming to Cincinnati City Hall.
Interim City Manager Scott Stiles announced in a memo Tuesday that Assistant City Manager David Holmes will retire on April 1st.