Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Loveland manager set to quit




By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LOVELAND — City Manager Mark Fitzgerald is expected to resign at tonight's council meeting, Vice Mayor and Fitzgerald supporter Brad Greenberg said Monday.

        The departure ends weeks of negotiations on compensation for Mr. Fitzgerald, 47, who had served as city manager since September 1995.

        It also signals another step in the change of leadership in Loveland, where several new council members have called for his resignation.

        One, Mary Newman, last week proposed a resolution asking council attorneys to draw up a request for the city manager's suspension and resignation.

        Mr. Fitzgerald, who has recently said he thought the situation was politically motivated, was not available for comment Monday.

        But Mr. Greenberg, who along with former mayor and current council member Lee Skierkiewicz had defended Mr. Fitzgerald's record, said he was “certain” the resignation would be made official tonight.

        “We need to form a search team to find a replacement,” Mr. Greenberg said. “And we need to end the mudslinging. It's time to just move on.”

        Mr. Fitzgerald was making $81,400 per year, but his compensation package has been a contentious issue since it expired April 30.

        Mr. Fitzgerald, it was revealed at last week's special meeting, had submitted a compensation proposal that would include his resignation, effective July 13.

       



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