Aftab Pureval is scheduled to take the oath of office Tuesday, January 4 as Cincinnati’s new mayor.
The former county clerk of courts will become the first Asian American mayor in the city’s history. The son of an Indian father and Tibetan mother has laid out an ambitious agenda that includes racial equity, climate change, public safety, and affordable housing.
He told WLWT-TV he will announce a series of initiatives tackling those issues by early April.
“The fact that you all still mask up is a good reminder that we are still in the middle of this pandemic. And because of this pandemic, our economy has unfortunately been running in place. We’ve been in neutral despite the great population growth we’ve seen in the last ten years. All of that is hanging in the balance. So, we’ve got to recover from this pandemic, get our economy moving again,” Pureval said in November.
He also announced late last month he will begin the national search for a new city manager immediately after taking office, according to City Beat. Pureval had pledged prior to being elected that he would replace current city manager Paula Boggs Muething if he took office.
She is expected to resign with former city solicitor John Curp taking over on an interim basis. The city council must vote to approve Curp on an interim basis on January 5 when they will also discuss a severance package for Muething.
Pureval resigned from his position as city clerk last month. Spectrum News1 reports the Democratic Party Central Committee selected Pavan Parikh, an Indian American attorney, to replace Pureval as county clerk of the courts. By law, the ruling party has the right to select a replacement.
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