Some major decisions are expected in the next few days, and we're not referring to how the dithering, ineffectual Cincinnati City Council will finally close a $54 million deficit.
Rather, the decisions coming soon are who will replace Republican Chris Monzel on City Council, and who will replace Tom Callinan as editor at The Enquirer.
Monzel won election to the Hamilton County Commission in November and will replace Democrat David Pepper, who didn't seek reelection. Frontrunners to replace Monzel on council are Amy Murray and Dr. Brad Wenstrup.
A Hyde Park resident, Murray is a former Procter & Gamble employee who now owns a consulting firm that tries to attract Japanese companies to Cincinnati. She ran for City Council for the first time in 2009 and finished 13th out of 19 candidates; Murray was the highest-ranking Republican of the 10 candidates who didn't make it onto council.
Wenstrup, who lives in Columbia Tusculum, is a podiatrist and a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq. Another political newcomer, he was the GOP candidate for mayor against incumbent Democrat Mark Mallory in 2009. Mallory won, capturing 54 percent of the vote.
Whoever is selected will join Leslie Ghiz and Charlie Winburn as the Republican minority on the nine-member council.
Meanwhile, Callinan will leave the helm of Cincinnati's only remaining daily newspaper on Friday to teach at the University of Cincinnati. He will become the McMicken Professor of Journalism at UC, which is a newly created position.
Callinan's job, sometimes referred to as executive editor, is the second-highest position at The Enquirer, answering only to Publisher Margaret Buchanan.Among the people thought to be likely replacements for Callinan are Beryl Love, an ex-editor at CiN Weekly and now executive editor at The Reno Gazette Journal in Nevada, another publication owned by The Gannett Co., The Enquirer's parent firm; and Carolyn Washburn, executive editor at The Des Moines Register and who is a Greater Cincinnati native.
Qualifications for the job include 10-15 years' experience in journalism, with "strong ethics and integrity."
The job description posted by Gannett states The Enquirer has a daily circulation of 170,185 and Sunday circulation of 259,771. Additionally, it states the newspaper's Web site gets 40.2 million pages views monthly, and has 3.7 million unique visitors per month.
A decision on both positions is likely by next week.