Valerie Lemmie
-- Dayton city manager

  On 8-12-96 Valerie Lemmie was sworn in as Dayton's city manager, becoming the first woman and the first black to hold the position.
  She came to the job in an uncertain time, five months after the firing of predecessor Bill Estabrook.

Background on Valerie Lemmie

Born: Feb. 4, 1952 in St. Louis
Family: married to Olen Strozier Jr.; no children
Education: Master's in urban affairs/policy planning, Washington University, St. Louis; bachelor's in political science, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
Career: 1993-96, city manager Petersburg, VA; 1990-92 director of environmental services for Arlington County, Va.; 1985-90 department of consumer and regulatory affairs for the District of Columbia; 1988-91 assistant professor, Howard University.

Lemmie's predecessors

  Lemmie becomes the 14th city manager since the system was adopted in 1914.
  But she is also the fifth person in the office in three years. Former Manager Richard Helwig had held the job nine years when he resigned in January 1994. Bill Estabrook held the post for one year and was fired in December 1995 by city commissioners. Estabrook was followed by Maureen Pero, who held the post on an interim basis, but turned down a permanent appointment.

File created: 5-11-96
Sources:
DDN 5-2-96 - "Dayton city manager candidates: Valerie Lemmie"
DDN 5-9-96 -- "Highly recommended: manager hopeful has few critics"
DDN 5-10-96 -- "Lemmie to take city helm"