Since 1926, the top vote-getter of city council had automatically become mayor, but as of 2001, the mayor is elected independently. A city manager is appointed by the mayor and the city's nine-member council. Council members are elected to two-year terms; the city manager serves for an indefinite period.
Head Official: Mayor Charlie Luken (since 1999; current term expires 2005)
Total Number of City Employees: 7,223 (2004)
City Information: City Hall, 801 Plum Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202; telephone (513)591-6000