Paula Boggs Muething has been Cincinnati city solicitor since 2014, brought to the job by a former city manager on the recommendation of Mayor John Cranley.
City solicitor is largely a behind-the-scenes job, representing city officials, dealing with lawsuits, drafting policy sought by council. But she’s about to step into the spotlight.
She was chosen in June, to replace City Manager Patrick Duhaney, who caught everyone by surprise this week by resigning to take a new job in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Duhaney recommended Boggs Muething as his replacement, and Cranley put her forward at Cincinnati City Council for approval as interim city manager.
She is the city’s first Asian American city manager and its second female one.
When asked, Cranley said he had no time frame to choose somebody to fill the job permanently, saying that first the city must continue to weather the trifecta of crises – the coronavirus pandemic, the largest budget deficit in city history and leading the city in this time of sweeping change.
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