Monday, October 1, 2012
Cleveland Heights City Council is expected to make the agreement with Cincinnati-based Novak Consulting Group official at Wednesday's meeting.
Cleveland Heights City Council has selected a firm to conduct its search for a new city manager, and is expected to make that decision official at Wednesday's regular meeting. Council selected Cincinnati-based Novak Consulting Group out of a total of seven applicants and three finalists, said Mayor Ed Kelley. The contract will likely be finalized Wednesday, but Kelley expects the search to cost a total of about $30,000. Julia Novak, president of Novak, and Catherine Tuck Parrish, associate, will lead the search. They will coordinate the typical tasks in a search — including setting a salary range, conducting background checks, finding candidates, posting advertisements for the position and more — and they will also organize a retreat for …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Former City Councilman Kenneth Montlack said all who would like to recognize Bob Downey's service to the city are invited.
Former Cleveland Heights City Councilman Kenneth Montlack, former City Councilwoman Nancy Dietrich and Chessie Bleick are hosting a party to celebrate former City Manager Bob Downey's service to the city at 7 p.m. June 2 at the Dietrich's home, 2350 Delamere Drive. Montlack said in an email that "residents and friends wanting to help celebrate Bob's dedication to the community" are invited to the open house. Downey resigned April 13 after 27 years as city manager, and more than 30 working for Cleveland Heights. Questions surrounded his departure as it seemed abrupt — his final day was 24 hours after he submitted his resignation letter, and he did not attend the April 16 Cleveland Heights City Council meeting to hear the kind words council …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Council members’ reviews varied greatly — scores ranged from 30 points to 67.5 out of 70.
Mayor Ed Kelley confirmed Tuesday that before former City Manager Bob Downey submitted his resignation, City Council had considered terminating him. Council members indicated that they wanted to “move in a different direction,” needed “new leadership” and “new ideas.” But they did not explain why, and acknowledged his good work at the April 16 City Council meeting, when Vice City Manager Susanna Niermann O'Neil was appointed acting city manager. The city provided Cleveland Heights Patch with Downey’s 2012 City Manager Evaluation on his 2011 performance, prepared for City Council’s April 9 meeting. Members ranked him in 14 different categories, including budget, diversity, communication and infrastructure. The yearly report was divided into…
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Mayor Ed Kelley said, "It was time for new leadership. It was time for a change."
Updated 6 a.m. Wednesday A group of Cleveland Heights City Council members met with former City Manager Bob Downey April 9 and told him they were considering terminating him before he resigned April 13, Mayor Ed Kelley said today. "It was time for new leadership. It was time for a change," Kelley said. Though he did not confirm who was in the meeting, Kelley said he and members of council were there and "talked to him about moving in a different direction ... The majority of council felt that it was time to move in a different direction." Kelley said Downey's 2012 performance review was "not good" and his 2011 assessment was also "weak," but he would not go into details. Kelley said that Downey was not accused of any illegal activity …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
City Council members approved Downey's resignation and appointed Vice City Manager Susanna Niermann O'Neil as acting city manager.
Cleveland Heights City Council members said goodbye to former City Manager Bob Downey, but he was not there to hear their kind words. Downey, who worked for the city for more than 30 years, submitted his resignation letter, dated April 12, to Mayor Ed Kelley, and wrote that his last day would be effective in 24 hours. He did not cite a reason and did not attend Monday night’s regular council meeting. Kelley said he had no indication Downey, who retired in 2008 and was rehired, was planning to resign. He thanked him for his service to the city. “I do want to thank Bob. I wish him and his family good health and happiness in the years to come,” Kelley said during the meeting. Later, he said, “I’m very confident that Bob will land on his feet…
Monday, April 16, 2012
The Cleveland Heights City Council meets tonight and will appoint Vice City Manager Susanna Niermann O'Neil as acting city manager. She will take over for Bob Downey, who resigned Friday.
The City of Cleveland Heights announced Friday that City Manager Bob Downey had resigned after more than 30 years of service with the city. City Council will appoint Vice City Manager and Community Services Director Susanna Niermann O'Neil as acting city manager at its regular meeting tonight. The city intends to conduct a national search for Downey's replacement. Council will also discuss how to use and reallocate Community Development Block Grant money. And council members will consider an agreement with The Social Room (formerly called Kobalt) for use of a portion of public property at 2263 Lee Road for outdoor dining. The full agenda is included with this article. Look for highlights from the meeting Tuesday.
Friday, April 13, 2012
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.
UPDATE: City Says Goodbye To Bob Downey; Does Not Give Reason For Resignation 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…