UPDATE 9/12/13 @ 4 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The City of Portsmouth has named a City Manager.
Portsmouth City Council President Steve Surgill says Derek Allen, the current Village Administrator in Delta, Ohio, has agreed in principle to accept the job.
Portsmouth City Council must still vote to officially hire Allen. That is expected to take place on September 23.
Allen will be Portsmouth’s first city manager since 1987.
Sturgill says the hiring announcement was made Thursday to allow Mr. Allen time to complete his contractual agreement with his current employer, and assist Delta, Ohio with their search for his replacement.
Allen is expected to begin his duties as City Manager in Portsmouth on January 1.
Allen was one three finalists for the job. He interviewed for the job with council members earlier this week.
He has been the Village Administrator in Delta since February 2008.
Portsmouth City Council voted Monday night to be put the charter amendment on the November 8 general election ballot.
If passed, City Council would hire the City Manager who would be the chief executive officer of the city.
The President of Council would then have the title of “Mayor” and would preside over council meetings, along with being the official head of the City for ceremonial purposes.
The city last had the City Manager form of government more than 20 years ago, according to one council member.
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