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City of Cleveland takes on new look

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    The City of Cleveland takes on a new look with Interim City Manager Robert Reynolds, outgoing City Secretary Angela Smith, Councilwoman Carolyn McWaters, Mayor Richard Boyett, Councilwoman Marilyn Clay, Councilman Eddie Lowery, Councilwoman Desiree David,
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    Mayor Richard Boyett administers the oath of office to newly elected Councilwoman Pos. 4 Desiree David at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The Vindicator | Russell Payne
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    Mayor Richard Boyett swears in Cleveland City Councilman Pos. 5 Fred Terrell. The Vindicator | Russell Payne

There will be a lot of new faces around Cleveland following the Tuesday, June 28, Cleveland City Council meeting. The night began with the swearing-in of new councilmembers Fred Terrell and Desiree David before the council named Robert Reynolds, the new interim city manager, and officially introduced new City Attorney Mary Anne Powell.

Reynolds already serves the city’s economic development board as director and will assume the duties that outgoing City Secretary Angela Smith has been overseeing following the termination of former city manager Stacy Williams last month.

“I just accepted this as an interim city manager, and hopefully, we find a good fit for the City of Cleveland,” Reynolds said.

He is looking forward to doing what is best for the city, especially as he sees great things happening around town.

“I’m going to try and work hard with the mayor, city council, and our citizens. I’m about let’s work together, big time,” exclaimed Reynolds.

Council has called for a special meeting Thursday, June 30, to meet in an executive session and discuss and deliberate applications for the position of city manager.

In the motion made by Eddie Lowery on Tuesday night, Reynolds was appointed to fill the position without any additional compensation from the city.

Smith will wrap up her tenure with the city at the end of the week.

In other business, council voted to name one of the baseball fields at Cleveland Municipal Sports Park in honor of the late Albert “Chop” Gonzalez.

He was well known in the community for his love of baseball and the kids. Last year he fell victim to COVID-19, and the council voted unanimously to memorialize him.

There will be a dedication ceremony at a future date.