§ 12. Appointment and Qualifications of Hearing Examiners  


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  • The city manager shall appoint one or more hearing examiners to perform the duties as provided in the administrative code, the zoning and municipal codes, any ordinance and administrative regulation of the city of Cincinnati. A hearing examiner may be a classified or unclassified employee of the city or be specially appointed on such terms and conditions as determined by the city manager. The city manager shall designate a chief hearing examiner who shall assign cases or other duties to the hearing examiners according to their expertise in the field of regulation germane to the case. A person appointed hearing examiner shall serve in that capacity at the pleasure of the city manager. A hearing examiner shall be appointed solely with regard to his or her qualifications for the duties of the office, and shall have such training or experience as will qualify the hearing examiner to conduct administrative or quasi-judicial hearings involving discretionary review hearings and administrative decisions and findings. In addition, the hearing examiner shall have expertise and experience in the field of regulation in which the hearing examiner is to exercise authority. The city manager may seek the advice of the directors of any of the administrative departments, including the city solicitor, in identifying and recommending candidates for a hearing examiner appointment; provided, however, that nothing contained herein shall be construed to mean that such advice shall be binding on the city manager or shall be read to limit the discretion of the city manager in the appointment of a hearing examiner. The city manager may assign a hearing examiner to be managed by one of the administrative departments for administrative purposes; provided, however, that the hearing examiner shall serve in that capacity at the pleasure of the city manager. The position of zoning hearing examiner shall be housed in the office of administrative hearings which is managed by the department of law in accordance with Article III, Sec. 10 of the Administrative Code; provided, however, that the zoning hearing examiner shall serve in that capacity at the pleasure of the city manager.

(Ordained as Art. II, Sections 12(a) and 12(b) by Ord. No. 358-1976, eff. July 21, 1976; a. Ord. No. 292-1978, eff. July 6, 1979; renumbered to Art. II, Sections 12-A and 12-B and amended by Ord. No. 299-1979, eff. Aug. 4, 1979; recombined into and renumbered as Section 12 by Ord. No. 112-1992, eff. April 17, 1992; a. Ord. No. 054-2012, § 2, eff. March 29, 2012)

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Sections 12-C through 12-M, ordained as Art. II, Sections 12(c) through 12(m) by Ord. No. 358-1976, eff. July 21, 1976; a. Ord. No. 292-1978, eff. July 6, 1978; renumbered to Art. II, Section 12-C through 12-M and amended by Ord. No. 299-1979, eff. Aug. 4, 1979; repealed by Ord. No. 112-1992, eff. April 17, 1992.