In 2019, soon after Middletown Council voted to invoke the City Charter to terminate the employment of City Manager Doug Adkins, Cohen was tapped as acting city manager.
Council member Tal Moon said Cohen provided “a steady hand” during a transitional period for the city.
“Our loss is Union Twp.’s gain,” Moon said. “She was a great employee and an even better person.”
Vice Mayor Monica Nenni, who said the city strives to retain talented people, said she was “sad to see (Cohen) go, but happy for her.”
After Palenick started as city manager in July 2020 Cohen returned to administrative services director. When she was named assistant city manager her salary jumped to $114,080.
A Cincinnati native, Cohen and her husband reside in West Chester with their rescue dog.
She is a graduate of the Max M. Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University in business administration with a double major in finance and international business and earned her law degree at Case Western Reserve University.
She also has served as an assistant prosecutor, prosecutor, general counsel and administrative services director for the city of Middletown and an assistant prosecutor in Clinton County.
City council member Rodney Muterspaw said he wished Cohen the “best” and he hoped she “thrives” in her new job.
Palenick said the city will “certainly pro-actively” look to fill the position of assistant city manager since it plays “a critical, ongoing role” in the senior-level management of the city.
Union Twp., located in Clermont County, has a population of 46,416 and is the ninth largest township in the state, according to the 2010 census.