Amy Murray leaving council to take job with defense department

Updated: Feb. 10, 2020 at 1:55 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati City Council Member Amy Murray announced Monday that she’s leaving council to take a job with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Murray will be the department’s director of small business programs.

She will start her new job at the Pentagon on March 16.

“I love this city and all it has to offer,” Murray said at a news conference. “This opportunity is a tremendous honor.”

Murray is leaving city council in the middle of her second term which runs through December 2021.

She did not rule out a run for congress in the future.

Murray has chosen Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman and Councilman Jeff Pastor to select her replacement, Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman confirms to FOX19 NOW.

Smitherman said Monday he selected her to fill Chris Monzel’s seat nearly 10 years ago when Monzel was elected to the Hamilton County Commission.

Murray, a former Procter & Gamble executive, lost the seat in an election in 2011 but won another council seat two years later. She was re-elected in 2017.

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