Assistant City Managers
David L. Holmes
Assistant City Manager
David L. Holmes joined the City of Cincinnati's leadership team as Assistant City Manager in November 2007. Appointed by City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr., Mr. Holmes provides oversight to City departments, as well as focus areas including The Banks Public Private Partnership, the City's role in supporting the World Choir Games, priority economic development projects and the Small Business Enterprise program.
Mr. Holmes serves as the City's liaison for The Banks Public Private Partnership, coordinating with Hamilton County and developer Carter Dawson on infrastructure for the parking garage, Riverfront Park and Police Welcome Center, among other aspects of the project.
In support of the World Choir Games coming to Cincinnati in 2012, Mr. Holmes has been working with the Games' planners on City services needed to make the event a success. He also has led the charge in identifying the City's multilingual personnel to assist international visitors.
His role in the Small Business Enterprise program has been to assist in increasing the number of SBEs enrolled in the program, encouraging purchasing from SBEs by City departments, and developing a plan to give priority to SBEs located within City limits.
He has extensive public service and legal experience to help lead departments efficiently. As an experienced litigator, Mr. Holmes is able to resolve complex governmental issues creatively, legally, and diplomatically. Additionally, he assists departments and developers in realizing more investment in our neighborhoods. Prior to coming to Cincinnati, Mr. Holmes served as the Commissioner of Law for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government in Lexington, Kentucky, from 2003 to 2007.
An attorney by training, Mr. Holmes holds Political Science and Law Degrees from the University of Kentucky and has 20 years in private practice. Additionally, he studied for a year at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was admitted to the Bar in Kentucky in 1973. Mr. Holmes served more than five years as a Captain in the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and was both a prosecutor and defense attorney in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Bragg. He also worked at the Defense Appellate Division for the US Army Legal Service Agency in Virginia. His military decorations include two Army Commendation Medals for Meritorious Achievement, the National Service Defense Medal, and Parachutist Badge.
His professional affiliations include the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, and the Ohio City County Management Association.