City Manager Resigns Effective Today

Nikki Blankenship
Scioto County Candor

After months of disputes between Portsmouth City Council and City Manager Derek Allen, Allen has resigned from his position with the City.
Allen explained that his understanding is that he will no longer be employed with the City as of 4:30 p.m. today. He added that City Council will be issuing an official statement at tonight’s Council meeting.
Allen also stressed that he had nothing else to comment on the matter.
The City Manager controversy began when members of Council including Jim Kalb, Tom Lowe, Gene Meadows and Jo Ann Aeh voted to terminate the City Manager for various reasons including allegations that Allen gave pay raises and entered into contracts without approval and physically struck a City employee. Community members then came out in droves in support of Allen. As a result, Council hired Allen back but left him on administrative leave. Since Allen’s firing in mid-December, Allen and Council have made failed mediation efforts. Then during a special session of Portsmouth City Council on Jan. 30, Solicitor John Haas presented Council with an injunction that put Allen back in his office as City Manager, prevented Council from firing Allen without legal cause and ordered Council to obey Ohio Sunshine Laws. Allen’s resignation comes just after a month of being back on the job.
Allen was first hired to work for the City in 2013 when Portsmouth changed to a City Manager form of government.
Portsmouth City Council will meet at 6 p.m. tonight at Shawnee State University’s Sodexo Ballroom.