Bobby Pennington is the interim city manager for the City of Cleveland, effective Wednesday, Sept. 16. He is stepping into the role created by the departure of retiring City Manager Kelly McDonald.
The decision to appoint Pennington as the interim city manager was made by the Cleveland City Council at the Sept. 15 meeting following a closed executive session. Council voted unanimously in favor of his appointment.
“Bobby, I hope you are happy. We are happy. I’m happy,” said Mayor Richard Boyett.
Pennington replied, “I hope you guys are happy. We are going to make you happy.”
For the last five years, Pennington has worked as the City of Cleveland’s finance director and assistant city manager. Since entering the field of city management after college, Pennington has worked for the cities of Deer Park, Jersey Village and Palestine.
For taking on the extra tasks of city manager, Pennington will be compensated an additional $500 per week until such time a new city manager is appointed by Council. He also will receive a car allowance equal to the amount currently being given to outgoing City Manager Kelly McDonald. The exact amount of that car allowance was not reported at the meeting.
A retirement party for McDonald will be held on Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Cleveland Civic Center. The event is open to all well-wishers who want to attend. Everyone will be required to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.