The City Manager also named Betty Baker
as the Assistant City Manager.Baker, the current Personnel Director, will serve as the Coordinator for the Cincinnati Neighborhood Action Strategy (CNAS), coordinate City Council agendas, prepare reports and monitor the implementation of City Council actions.She
will coordinate the actions of Public Services, Personnel, Fleet Services, Facilities Management and the Regional Computer Center.Baker
will also coordinate several department organizations such as, Parks, Recreation and Health.
These new responsibilities were recognized by the City Council in June in order to reduce the time required for permitting; streamline the process for housing, economic and community development; insure that the processes required by City departments more closely parallel the processes and timeframes found in the private sector financial institutions; and, to reduce paperwork.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge of providing improved services to the citizens in this new position," said Baker
.Baker joined the City in 1990 as the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer; she has served as an Assistant to the City Manager and became Personnel Director in May 1991.Baker
came to Cincinnati from Chattahoochee, Florida, where she
held several progressively responsible management positions in the Florida Department of Health
and Rehabilitative Services for more than 17 years.Baker has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College (City College of New York), a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis on Organizational Development from Xavier University (Cincinnati) and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology/ Psychology from Florida State University.She was also a member of Leadership Cincinnati Class XVI in 1993, sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.In 1987, Baker worked for the City of Cincinnati as a National Urban Fellow, while completing her Master's degree.