Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman resigning to become president of local non-profit

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman has announced that he will resign from City Council to become president of a local non-profit agency.

Cimperman represents Ward 3, which includes neighborhoods like Tremont, Ohio City, Duck Island and the Flats, along with downtown Cleveland.

According to a press release, Cimperman will step down in March to become president of Global Cleveland, a non-profit agency aimed at attracting diverse people from around the world to live and work in the Cleveland area.

When Cimperman steps down, City Council will appoint a candidate for his replacement. That person will serve out the remainder of his term, which ends Dec. 31, 2017.

“There is no one with a bigger heart for the less fortunate in our community than Joe Cimperman,” City Council President Kevin Kelley said in the release. “Joe’s energy, passion and grassroots work has consistently brought about positive changes in our city during his 18 years as a member of City Council.”

Cimperman was a principal creator of Healthy Cleveland Initiative and is currently working on the "Dream Neighborhood," a near west side area where empty homes are being rehabbed to house refugees, immigrants and other groups.

Cimperman chairs City Council’s Health & Human Services Committee and is a member of the Development, Planning & Sustainability Committee and the Safety Committee.

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