By Mollie Lair
Deputy Dir. of Communications
City of Cincinnati
On Thursday, September 1, Sheryl Long was named the 18th City Manager of Cincinnati by an unanimous vote of City Council.
“I couldn’t be prouder to welcome City Manager Long, with Council’s support, into her new role as Cincinnati’s top executive. In her years of public service, Sheryl has proven herself to be a gifted, compassionate, and innovative leader. We have a lot of work ahead of us to grow Cincinnati and improve opportunity for our residents, and I’m confident that City Manager Long is the best person to execute on our vision in the years to come,” Mayor Aftab Pureval said.
“I am honored for the privilege of being chosen as City Manager and the opportunity to continue to do great work for our Mayor and City Council. I thank my entire family for their love and support as I embark on this new step with the City of Cincinnati. I want to thank the Mayor for his unwavering support and faith in my abilities. I thank City Council for their words of encouragement and for backing the Mayor’s decision to take this journey with me. I will work hard to ensure we accomplish the goals and execute the vision set for this City. I am proud to be the City’s youngest female City Manager and second Black female to fill this role. It’s rare to have a woman rise to this level of influence in city government, and even more rare for it to be a woman of color. I am grateful to City staff for their tireless work, understanding and patience during this transition. I became the person I am today thanks to the relationships I’ve built here within the community. I love this City and promise to all Cincinnatians, we are here for you. This Administration is committed to serving you and moving Cincinnati forward,” City Manager Sheryl Long said.
City Manager Long was sworn-in at 3:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.
About City Manager Sheryl Long
City Manager Sheryl Long served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Cincinnati since April 7, 2019.
In this role she helped manage various City operations, utilities and regulatory departments. Her primary responsibilities include interfacing with the Departments of Public Services, Citizen Complaint Authority, Emergency Communications Center, Office of Environment and Sustainability, Transportation & Engineering, as well as the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, and Greater Cincinnati Water Works. She also acts as the liaison to the Cincinnati Health Department.
Assistant City Manager Long previously served as the City Administrator for the City of North College Hill for more than three years. She led North College Hill’s city communications prior to being promoted to City Administrator.
In addition to her public service experiences, she has a decade of marketing experience in the private sector (2003-2013).
Assistant City Manager Long earned a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University and a Master of Arts in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University.