By Dan Yount
The Cincinnati Herald
Acting City Manager Patrick Duhaney is Mayor John Cranley’s pick for the new city manager, Cranley announced at the Cincinnati City Council meeting Wednesday. the city council will vote on the nomination at their next meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Duhaney became acting city manager in sudden action at City Hall on Saturday morning, April 21, after the city council accepted the resignation of City Manager Harry Black, after a contentious seven weeks during which Cranley sought Black’s resignation, and immediately moved Duhaney from assistant city manager to acting city manager.
Duhaney at that time was working as the city’s chief procurement office overseeing the purchasing division of the finance department when he was promoted to assistant city manager in February after the former one quit, according to the city’s website.
He began his career with the city of Cincinnati in 2009 as a contract compliance specialist with the city manager’s office then served in several leadership positions in the department of sewers. He went from there to the finance department.
Duhaney has also been active in the community, aiding the redevelopment of Avondale and Price Hill, and also working for a community development financial institution and Local Initiatives Support Corporation.
Duhaney is a combat veteran who served as a combat engineer and in a military logistics command from 1999 through 2015.
Duhaney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Urban Studies from the Cleveland State University and Master’s in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. He is a graduate of the Urban League’s African American Leadership Development Program. He is also a certified economic development finance professional issued by and a certified public procurement buyer.
A resident of Sayler Park, Duhaney says he enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Alicia, and their young son, Logan.