Cleary sworn in as officer of NOCCA

NOCCA Board at February event, including Peggy Cleary, 5th from left.

Fairview Park Councilwoman Peggy Cleary was sworn in as an officer of the Northeast Ohio City Council Association (NOCCA) at its February dinner meeting at the Embassy Suites in Independence. 

Cleary, a candidate for State Representative for the 16th District (includes Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake) has been an At-Large member of the NOCCA Board since 2008. She will serve as Secretary to the eleven-member board through February 2011. 

Board members were sworn in by Cuyahoga County Pleas Judge, Lance Mason. Featured guest speaker, Tom Beres, Senior Political Correspondent for WKYC–TV 3, addressed the NOCCA members.

The Northeast Ohio City Council Association is a professional group of elected members of municipal councils representing approximately 40 cities throughout Cuyahoga County and the surrounding region. 

NOCCA provides members with an opportunity to enhance professional skills; facilitate communication among municipal council members; and provide a forum to develop solutions to common problems and concerns faced by cities and the region.

Cleary, 54, is a life-long resident of Lakewood and Fairview Park. She has served on the Fairview Park City Council since 2005, where she is a member of all three standing city council committees, and currently serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee that is responsible for the oversight of a $27 million dollar municipal budget. 

She has sponsored and supported legislation that reduced city expenses; supported focused economic development; and facilitated municipal collaboration and consolidation within the West Shore District. 

As a candidate for House District 16, Cleary stated: “Ohio needs experienced and strong leaders who understand the needs of the district and state. As a state representative, I will work to ensure that families have access to affordable college education without compromising their ability to plan and save for their own retirement; support regional economic development; and make certain that health and human services are delivered in the most efficient and cost effective manner.”  

One of seven children, Cleary is a graduate of Kent State University and a Licensed Social Worker. She has over 28 years experience working in public schools and community-based agencies. Cleary also serves as the Fairview Park City Council appointee to the Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council, Fairview Park Community Council, West Shore Fire District Study and the recently developed City Finance Review Committee. 

In addition to her involvement with NOCCA, Peggy has a long history of community and civic involvement, serving as a Board Member of Fairview Park Summer Fest Committee; Fairview Park Centennial Committee, and as a former Board Member for the HELP Foundation, a local non-profit agency serving individuals with developmental disabilities.

Jane Reilly is the Media Coordinator for Peggy Cleary's campaign for Ohio House District 16.

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