P.G. Sittenfeld backs city manager, police chief

P.G. Sittenfeld backs city manager, police chief
P. G. Sittenfeld (FOX19 NOW/file)
Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black wants federal officials to investigate a "rogue element" in the police department. (FOX19 NOW/file)
Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black wants federal officials to investigate a "rogue element" in the police department. (FOX19 NOW/file)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Another Cincinnati City Councilman voiced support for the city manager Sunday, two days after City Hall sources say Mayor John Cranley demanded Harry Black resign.

Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld urged calm in a series of tweets, calling the positions of police chief and city manager "difficult jobs."

He also expressed support for Police Chief Eliot Isaac.

Newly-elected councilman Jeff Pastor retweeted Sittenfeld:

Sittenfeld joins two other councilmen who voice support for the city manager over the weekend.

David Mann and Wendell Young said they think the city manager is doing a good job and didn't see a need for Black to go.

Young, a retired Cincinnati police officer, was part of a joint statement Saturday morning by several civil rights organizations supporting Black. It was signed by groups such as Cincinnati NAAP and Black Agenda Cincinnati and African-American leaders including Sen. Cecil Thomas, a retired Cincinnati police detective who also served on city council.

Black leaders back city manager

The mayor does not have the authority to fire the city manager. That requires a majority of council and, so far, it doesn't appear Cranley has five votes.

Sittenfeld's position is a key. The top vote-getter of the last two elections is considered by some city hall insiders as the leader of the Democrats on council.

Sittenfeld has been called a "rising star" in the Democratic party by national media such as NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd and the political news website The Hill and reportedly is considering a run for mayor when Cranley's term is up in 2021.

As for Cranley, he remained mum Sunday. He has not explained why he asked Black, whom he hired four years ago, to leave. His office issued a statement Saturday affirming the mayor's support for the police chief, but it oddly did not mention Black.

It is not clear when or even if Cincinnati's nine council members will vote on the resignation request, but it's expected to be discussed at some point when they meet this week.

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