Sunday, September 16, 2001

Deputy city manager quits

Mendes taking job in San Diego

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Richard Mendes, Cincinnati's deputy city manager, has resigned to become general manager of utilities in San Diego.

        Mr. Mendes, who resigned Friday after more than nine years with the city, will start his new job in late October. His last day with Cincinnati will be Sept. 28.

        “It was a tough call,” said the 57-year-old Hyde Park resident. “I like it here, but it was a great opportunity in San Diego. It had nothing to do with anything here.”

        Mr. Mendes, the second-ranking appointed official at City Hall, was part of the management team for the Fort Washington Way project. In addition to working to attract new businesses, he helped existing businesses work through the city's development approval process.

        Finance Director Timothy Riordan said Saturday that he will become acting deputy city manager via appointment by City Manager John Shirey. Bill Moller, the city's assistant finance director, will become acting finance director.

        Mr. Shirey's resignation, issued this year amid the swirl of post-riot City Hall, is effective Dec. 1, the day a new City Council and a directly elected mayor with greater powers take office. The city's new mayor will have the authority to hire and fire the city manager, with City Council's approval.

        Former Cincinnati Economic Development Director Evonne Kovach resigned in June after seven months on the job. Mr. Shirey, who has spent eight years as the city's chief executive, has said he'll leave the job of picking Ms. Kovach's replacement to his successor.


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