Seelbach: Majority of council does not support $393K city manager buyout

Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach (FOX19 NOW/file)
Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach (FOX19 NOW/file)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A majority of City Council members do not support a $393,000  resignation deal for embattled City Manager Harry Black, Councilman Chris Seelbach declared in a tweet Sunday.

The development came one day after Black and Mayor John Cranley each announced they reached an agreement for Black to leave his position.

The resignation package, brokered by Councilman Jeff Pastor, calls for a buyout equivalent to 18 months of Black's salary.

But now Seelbach says five of the city's 9 council members are not in favor of paying Black more than the eight months salary he is entitled to under his current contract.

"Our position has not changed," Seelbach's tweeted. "We do not support an increased buyout or believe that's responsible to the taxpayers."

Besides Seelbach, the other opposing city council members are: Tamaya Dennard, P.G. Sittenfeld, Greg Landsman and Wendell Young.

Council members are expected to discuss the buyout and could vote on the measure Monday during two meetings at City Hall: the 9 a.m. session of Council's Law & Public Safety Committee and at 1 p.m. when the Finance Committee convenes.

If the deal gets enough support, it would then go to full council for a vote at their next meeting, at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

If it doesn't, the mayor could still place it on Wednesday's agenda anyway, according to Young.

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