Discussions continue around changing the balance of power between Cincinnati's mayor and the city council. City voters may see something on the ballot for a Charter change next year.
Council Member Christopher Smitherman is working with city lawyers on his fourth version of an ordinance to create an executive mayor form of government in the city. He discussed the issue Tuesday during a committee meeting.
The mayor of a city can be considered its chief executive officer. But the power that office holds is determined by a city’s rules or charter, which defines what a mayor can, and cannot, do. Cincinnati adopted a “strong mayor” system of government 15 years ago. Now Cincinnati Councilman Christopher Smitherman is exploring another change, to what some call an “executive mayor” system.
Former Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory has taken a high-level job with a Pittsburgh-based engineering company.
Mallory, who left office Nov. 30 after eight years as Cincinnati’s mayor, will be the senior vice president and national director of community and North American economic development for the Chester Group.
The Chester Group provides “energy, water and wastewater solutions to public and industrial clients across the United States and internationally,” the company said in a press release.
As Mayor Mark Mallory prepares to leave office, what will Cincinnatians remember most about his eight years leading the city, and where does he go from here? Howard Wilkinson talks with Mayor Mallory about his accomplishments, his legacy, his baseball pitching ability, and his possible future plans.