At a crowded press conference inside Krohn Conservatory Wednesday afternoon, Mayor-elect John Cranley named his new city manager - parks director Willie Carden, a long-time city employee.
Carden's appointment is likely to be confirmed by the new city council on Wednesday.
"I wanted somebody I knew would be an operations guy,'' Cranley told the crowd of business leaders, politicians, and park board employees. "I think most of us believe that the parks department is one of the best run operations in the city."
Lots of people will be hitting the roads or heading to the airports this Thanksgiving, but not quite as many as last year. AAA is forecasting more than 43 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday. That's a 1.5 percent drop from last year. In Ohio, 1.6 million will be traveling, down 1.7 percent.
Why the decrease in travel? AAA spokeswoman Cheryl Parker says while the economy has been improving it's still sluggish.
As expected, Cincinnati Council Tuesday passed an ordinance requiring city administrators to complete the first phase of the streetcar project.
City solicitor John Curp was asked to explain the action.
“This would place the directive to proceed with the streetcar as an ordinance, as a law of the city,” Curp said. “Which would obligate the manager to proceed with that directive until another law or ordinance was passed to replace it.”
Workers at Cincinnati City Hall are getting ready for a new mayor and council to take office Sunday.
The Cincinnati Council session Tuesday was the last for Mayor Mark Mallory, City Manager Milton Dohoney and Council members Roxanne Qualls, Laure Quinlivan and Pam Thomas. Much of the meeting was devoted to goodbyes for each.
Mallory could not seek re-election this year because of term limits. He spoke about his time in office.
The chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Elections wants the board to look into whether or not county prosecutor Joe Deters improperly voted in the November 2012 election.
Deters, a Republican whose office has prosecuted voters for illegal voting, voted from his Symmes Township address four months after he and his wife Missy separated and he was living in a downtown condo.
Tim Burke, the Hamilton County Democratic Party chairman and chair of the board of elections, said he will ask that the board look at the matter at a future board meeting.