Cincinnati econ development director leaving for Detroit

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - On Wednesday, Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. announced that Odis Jones, Director of Economic Development, has accepted a position with the Detroit Public Lighting Authority and will be leaving City service on July 12.

"I want to thank Odis for his tireless commitment to growing our city and our tax base.  His vision, energy and perseverance have helped further the City's goal of growing the local economy through jobs and investment. When presented with a great opportunity, it is understandable that it's hard to say "no".  I also support my staff in doing what is best for their families, " said Dohoney.

Because of his personal involvement with a number of projects, he will be retained as a consultant for the next few months to help us move them forward.

Jeff McElravy, who currently serves as Downtown Development Manager, will serve as Interim Director of the Department of Trade & Development while we conduct a national search for a new department director.

"I hate to lose him," Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory said. "He's a great development professional. I'm sure he'll do a great job in Detroit. He did great for us in Cincinnati. We made a lot  of progress because of his hard work."

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