Cleveland Heights City Manager Resigns After More Than 30 Years of Service

Vice City Manager Susanna Niermann O'Neil will likely be appointed to fill in for Robert Downey while Cleveland Heights conducts a national search for his replacement.

The City of Cleveland Heights announced today that City Manager Robert Downey was resigning after more than 30 years of service to the city. 

Vice City Manager Susanna Niermann O'Neil will likely be appointed acting city manager at the next Cleveland Heights City Council meeting Monday, according to a press release.

“Bob Downey did a great job for our community during these many years. We thank him for his commitment and dedication. Cleveland Heights City Council wishes him well in his future endeavors,” said Mayor Ed Kelley in the press release.

Niermann O'Neil has been vice city manager for the past four years and has served as community services director since 1989.

“I am looking forward to continuing to serve our residents and to work with my colleagues here at ,” Niermann O'Neil said in the press release.

The city intends to conduct a national search for the next city manager. Kelley described what qualifications the city will look for.

"We will be looking for a talented, experienced administrator who will embrace our city and our residents."

Janie Clark April 13, 2012 at 08:07 PM
So he resigned, instead of retired, after 30 years! Any idea why the sudden resignation?
Bonnie Dolezal April 13, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I think Bob Downey's resigning is a positive for Cleveland Heights. He has never been accessible to the residents and after over 30 years of service and retiring and being re-hired it is time for him to go. Perhaps the city will now look to recruit a younger person with fresh ideas.
linda jenkins April 13, 2012 at 09:32 PM
It is kind of sad losing Mr.Downey and not knowing why he is retiring.As a resident on South Taylor Rd. for 30yrs.I Know from personal experience he's always shown a personal interest for the people .I wish you the best whatever the reason or circumstance.Thank you Sir for your time and returned phone calls .The Jenkins family .Have a great day!
Richard Hollis April 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM
How about a little transparency on Bob's resignation. I have known Bob both socially and as City Manager, and it is very difficult for me to believe that he got up one morning ant said to Mary (his wife) ,"I think I'll resign today."


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