Bay Village appoints new Director of Community Services

Kathleen Messeri will take over as Director of the Bay Village Community Services Department on March 29. Photo by Denny Wendell

On March 13, Bay Village City Council confirmed the appointment of Kathleen Messeri as Director of Community Services.

Human Resouces Director Jennifer Demaline introduced her to Council, saying: “Kathleen recently has been working with the City of Brooklyn and has most recently been serving as their community services coordinator, which would be the similar job title to our community services director here. She has a lot of expertise and a lot of experience, and we’re really looking forward to having her come on board."

Kathy grew up in Massachusetts before moving with her family to California where she attended high school and earned a bachelor's degree in business and marketing at Cal State Bernardino. After graduation, she moved to Portland, Oregon, to begin a career in banking. Kathy continued working as a loan officer after moving to the Cleveland area and worked as a reporter for several years before being hired by the City of Brooklyn, Ohio, in 2014.

She has four daughters and recently welcomed her first grandchild. 

"I am so excited to become a part of Bay Village!" Kathy wrote in a letter for the Bay Village Senior Center's April newsletter. "I have an open door policy and encourage conversation, ideas and suggestions. I look forward to meeting you, building new working relationships, and establishing new friendships here."

Kathy takes over from former director Emily Goers, who resigned in February to rejoin her previous employer, Independence Village in Avon Lake.

Kathy's first day on the job will be March 29, followed by a two-day working conference with other city administration leaders. 

A "Meet the Director" event is scheduled for Friday, April 14, at 10 a.m. at the senior center. The community is invited to attend but registration is required by calling 440-835-6565 prior to April 10.

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 10:13 AM, 03.21.2023