Edward (Ned) Hill
Professor of Public Administration and City & Regional Planning
Faculty, Ohio Manufacturing Institute
John Glenn College of Public Affairs
“Mayor Sutherland is an experienced local leader who understands that the buck stops at the mayor’s desk; mayors have to make decisions. Sutherland also knows that a mayor leads by building consensus and that fact-based public management is critical to a locality’s vibrancy.
Debbie Sutherland is a doer, a student of city management, and a leader. I have worked with Mayor Sutherland on issues of local public finance and regional governance and have learned a great deal in every instance. She has demonstrated a deep understanding of municipal operations and the human resource skills required to implement change.
I have also seen the Mayor interact with graduate public administration students in studio settings and have seen her coach, guide and examine student work. Working with Debbie Sutherland is a delight.”