Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval and new council are sworn in on Tuesday


A swearing-in ceremony for Cincinnati’s new mayor, Aftab Pureval, and nine city council members is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday in Washington Park.

The ceremony will not be like ceremonies of the past, which are usually held at the Music Hall in front of a large crowd of friends and family. The event has been moved outside, a nod to COVID-19 safety protocols, and will require anyone present to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

Pureval, along with members of the new council, is expected to cycle from City Hall to the ceremony, with representatives from Tri-State Trails and Groundwork Ohio River Valley.

Then the new administration plans to get to work. Pureval has previously announced City Councilor Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney as deputy mayor and has said he will recommend former City of Cincinnati lawyer John Curp as interim city manager while a national search is carried out to replace outgoing city manager Paula Boggs Muething.

Councilor Greg Landsman will chair the council’s budget and finance committee, and the committee is due in a special meeting on Wednesday. consider Curp’s contract.

As they prepare to serve, a little bit about the new administration.

Meet the new mayor

Aftab Pureval

Democratic Party

Age: 39

Neighborhood: Clifton

Pureval is the first Asian-American mayor of Cincinnati. He most recently served as Hamilton County Clerk, winning that seat in 2016, the first Democrat to do so in 100 years. He ran for mayor against his fellow Democratic councilor and former mayor David Mann, winning 66% of the vote. He is a lawyer and previously worked at Procter & Gamble.

Meet the New Cincinnati City Council

Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney

Democratic Party

Age: 65

Neighborhood: North Avondale

Kearney is a lawyer and co-founder and president of Sesh Communications, which publishes the Cincinnati Herald. She was appointed to the board in March 2020 to replace Tamaya Dennard. Kearney will take on the post of vice mayor, a post selected by Pureval and announced last month. She will also chair the council’s healthy neighborhoods committee.

Jeff Cramerding

Democratic Party

Age: 48

Neighborhood: West Price Hill

Cramerding is a labor lawyer and activist on the West Side. He was part of a group that recently helped shape the future of the local Democratic Party. He sits on the West Price Hill Community Council and is a founding member of Price Hill Will, a community development company. Cramerding has worked on numerous campaigns and is a leader of the County Democratic Party.

Reggie Harris

Democratic Party

Age: 39

Neighborhood: Northside

Harris is a retired professional ballet dancer, trained clinical social worker and licensed therapist who is currently the Director of Community Life for Community Builders, a non-profit affordable housing developer. He is also the founder of InContext Advising LLC, where he worked with local and national nonprofits, educators and healthcare providers on issues related to mental health, LGBTQ equality and to social policy. He was appointed to the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Board by the Hamilton County Commission in January 2020 and is currently Chairman of the Board of Equality Ohio. He will chair the council’s equitable growth and housing committee.

Marc Jeffreys

Democratic Party

Age: 52

Neighborhood: Clifton

Jeffreys is an entrepreneur, who previously worked at Procter & Gamble for 16 years. He is an elected director of the Clifton Town Meeting and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation. He is also one of the founders of Go Vibrant, the country’s largest network of urban hiking trails. He is the son of an immigrant and the husband of Pamela, a pediatrician on the West Side. He grew up working in poverty and received his college education in construction and as a janitor. He has spent the past twelve years creating equitable opportunities in Cincinnati: bringing athletics to hundreds of CPS kids, making the streets safer for walking and biking, and creating the GoVibrantscape at Smale Park.

Scotty johnson

Democratic Party

Age: 59

District: Mont Airy

Johnson was a Cincinnati police officer for 33 years and president of the Sentinel Police Association, a group of black officers whose mission is community policing. Johnson worked behind the scenes on the Collaborative Agreement between the Police Department and the Citizens following the civil unrest of 2001. He is a former Christ Emmanuel Christian Community Ministries in Walnut Hills. He will chair the board’s public safety and governance committee.

Liz keating

Republican Party

Age: 37

Neighborhood: Hyde Park

Keating was appointed in December 2020 to replace PG Sittenfeld, who was suspended from the board after being charged with federal corruption. She is the Marketing Director of Jim Stengel Co., a marketing and consulting think tank. Daughter of the late Bill Keating Jr., a lawyer known for his community involvement, and the granddaughter of former Enquirer publisher and US Representative Bill Keating, who died in May.

Greg Landsman

Democratic Party

Age: 44

Neighborhood: Mount Washington

Landsman runs a consultancy firm called the 767 Group that focuses on education and advocacy for children. He has firstwon the elections in 2017. While on the board, he worked to adopt an eviction prevention program. Prior to the council, Landsman was best known for his work on the Cincinnati Preschool Promise campaign.

Meeka Owens

Democratic Party

Age: 43

Neighborhood: North Avondale

Owens graduated from Purcell Marian High School before earning a BA from the University of Miami and an MA in Education from Xavier University. She works on contract as a Social Accountability Officer with the Hamilton County Board of Health. An organizer at heart, she co-founded the Greater Cincinnati Voter Collaborative. She teaches dance class at the YMCA. She will chair the council’s climate, environment and infrastructure committee.

Victoria Parks

Democratic Party

Age: 63

Neighborhood: College Hill

Parks most recently served as Hamilton County Commissioner, appointed to replace Todd Portune before Portune’s death. Before that, she was chief of staff at Portune. She served in the US Air Force from 1976 to 1980.


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