Workers at Cincinnati City Hall are getting ready for a new mayor and council to take office Sunday.
The Cincinnati Council session Tuesday was the last for Mayor Mark Mallory, City Manager Milton Dohoney and Council members Roxanne Qualls, Laure Quinlivan and Pam Thomas. Much of the meeting was devoted to goodbyes for each.
Mallory could not seek re-election this year because of term limits. He spoke about his time in office.
As Mayor Mark Mallory prepares to leave office, what will Cincinnatians remember most about his eight years leading the city, and where does he go from here? Howard Wilkinson talks with Mayor Mallory about his accomplishments, his legacy, his baseball pitching ability, and his possible future plans.
Say what you want about Mark Mallory’s eight years as mayor of Cincinnati, which are rapidly coming to a close.
You can love him; you can loathe him.
What you can’t do is ignore him.
The man is a showman. Part stand-up comic. Your genial host. The man of a thousand quips.
And, if you find yourself on the wrong side of an issue he supports, a bulldog, who fights and claws and cajoles until he gets what he wants. A mini-LBJ. A chip off the ol’ block – his father, William Mallory Sr., a leader in the Ohio House for decades, was the same way.
Mayor Mark Mallory, quickly coming to the close of his eight years as Cincinnati mayor, used a combination of serious talk, comedic one-liners, videos and slide shows Tuesday night to make the case that he has helped turned a struggling city around.
Before a crowd of about 200 invited guests on a set dressed like a living room at Over-the-Rhine’s Ensemble Theatre, Mallory talked for an hour and five minutes about the legacy he leaves when he vacates the mayor’s office Dec. 1.