Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black denies Mayor Cranley's report he'd agreed to resign

Minutes after Mayor John Cranley announced Tuesday his hand-picked city manager had agreed to resign, the city manager said it wasn't true. Cranley's office announced Tuesday afternoon that he and City Manager Harry Black had reached a deal, following days of speculation over Black's job status.  The pair were "working towards a mutually agreed upon departure agreement" after they "reached an agreement in principle for the City Manger to exit City service," according to a statement from Cranley's office.  Black denied he's promised to leave his job. "No, that's not true," he told WCPO by phone. In a statement, Black said he'd like to continue as Cincinnati's city manager "for as long as the Mayor and Council will have me." "I'm in positive discussions with the mayor and council," Black told WCPO. Cranley's office stood by the statement released Tuesday afternoon, saying the men agreed to broad terms of a deal. Details still need to be worked out, according to Cranley's spokeswoman. If there is a deal, Cincinnati City Council would need to approve it; Cranley's office said it believed a vote was likely within the next week.

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