Maureen Pero
-- president of Downtown Dayton Partnership

  On Dec. 13, 1995 Maureen Pero was named interim Dayton City Manager after City Commissioners fired Bill Estabrook.
  Although originally designated as only an interim manager, she soon had support on the commission for a permanent appointment
  However, on 4-10-96 Pero took herself out of the running and accepted another post, replacing Ed Armentrout as head of the Downtown Dayton Partnership.

   DDN photo by Bill Garlow

Background on Maureen Pero:

Born: 12-16-57 in Youngstown.

Family: Married to attorney Edward "Ned" Dowd; two children, Patrick and Connor.

Education: Law degree and master's in public administration from University of Dayton.

Career:Assistant city attorney 1984-88, chief general counsel 1988-89, Development Services director 1989-93, economic development director 1893-95, 1995-96 interim city manager; 1996-- president of Downtown Dayton Partnership..
Major projects: The Landing housing development, U.S. Postal encoding center downtown, helping establish the Downtown Dayton Partnership, redevelopment of North Main Street and building an Emery distribution center at Dayton International Airport.
Interim city manager:Although initially Commissioners seemed to indicate that Pero would not be a candidate for the permanent position, Commissioner Tony Capizzi characterized the situation differently during a 1-25-96 television interview with Dale Huffman.
   "We told Ms. Pero that she cannot apply for the job," Capizzi said, "but that does not mean she will not be given the job. . . .Her application process frankly will be the next four months as she is acting as city manager.''
Partnership president:  On April 11, 1996 Pero announced she was accepting the post of president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. Three of the five commissioners went on record saying they were ready to appoint her city manager if she would accept the post. She declined.

File created: 1-15-96
Updated: 4-13-96
Sources:
DDN 12-14-95 -- "Customer service to be focus"
DDN 12-16-95 --"Commission to advise Pero"
DDN 1-27-96 --"Pero's chances good to be city manager"
DDN 2-13-96 -- "Interim Manager garners praise; Pero earns right to vie for job"
DDN 4-11-96 -- "City wants Pero"
DDN 4-12-96 -- "Pero to City: Thanks but no thanks"