Safety Committee

Cleveland City Council
Criminal Justice

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023
10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. EST

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601 Lakeside Ave Cleveland, OH 44114 (Directions)

Cleveland City Hall, Mercedes Cotner Room 217 (or watch on YouTube)

The Safety Committee of Cleveland City Council is responsible for the oversight of the Cleveland Police and Fire Divisions and the Emergency Medical Service. It reviews legislation proposed by The Department of Public Safety, and it also oversees the enforcement of Cleveland’s traffic code, off-street parking issues, and building inspections and other matters related to the department and Community Relations Board.

Note for Documenters: Council is getting a head start on next year’s budget hearings by conducting operational reviews of some city departments and their divisions. This meeting is set to focus on the Divisions of Emergency Medical Services, Fire, and Animal Care and Control. The meeting is also set to focus on the Police Accountability Team and the Community Police Commission.

It may run well past two hours. If it runs too long and you need to split, just note that in your coverage and let us know!

Committee members:

  • Michael Polensek, chair
  • Joe Jones, vice chair
  • Stephanie Howse-Jones
  • Deborah Gray
  • Charles Slife
  • Danny Kelly
  • Richard Starr

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Cleveland City Council

Cleveland City Council is the legislative branch of the government of the City of Cleveland in Ohio. There are 17 elected Cleveland City Council members representing the 17 wards of the City of Cleveland. Each ward has approximately 25,000 residents. Council Members are elected to serve a four-year term. Council members serve two roles in their duties: to draft and enact legislation for the city of Cleveland and act as ombudsmen for their constituents.

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