Steubenville City Law Director Gary Repella is not commenting on the status of City Manager Cathy Davison, although numerous sources tell NEWS9 that she has been given the option of resigning or being terminated and that the city is waiting for her decision before commenting.
Repella told NEWS9 the city may have a comment “in a few days.”
NEWS9 has called all members of Steubenville City Council and several members of the city administration. All questions were referred to Repella.
Calls to Davison’s cell phone were not returned as of 5 p.m. Friday. Calls to Davison’s published home number triggered a recording that stated the number was no longer in service. NEWS9 visited Davison’s home and no one answered the door.
Davison was seen Friday morning singing at the Police Memorial Week observances at Historic Fort Steuben. Sources at City Hall told NEWS9 her office appeared to have been cleaned out.
There was an executive session of council Thursday night dealing with personnel matters.
It has been a turbulent few weeks at City Hall. The Fraternal Order of Police called out city officials, blaming a rise in crime on an understaffed police department. Davison also made a controversial comment about crime control in an exclusive sit-down interview with NEWS9’s Eric Minor.
During that April 24 interview, Minor asked if the National Guard was an option in the city. Davison said, “Oh, absolutely. It is an option and that’s part of the conversation we’re having with City Council and the governor. If that’s what step we need to take to get people out of our city, can we utilize it?”
This week, the administration made a controversial call to close the Pleasant Heights Fire Station and lay off two firefighters.
As of Friday afternoon, the City of Steubenville’s website still listed Davison as city manager and NEWS9 received her regular city manager’s report called “Cathy’s Chats.”
Her report opened with a quote from American author Maria Robinson that read, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
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