Frank G. Jackson, the 56 th Mayor of Cleveland, spoke of his love and passion for the City during his brief inaugural address, which began, “Let’s get to it.” The capacity crowd in the auditorium at East Technical High School spent more than an hour shaking hands with the new Mayor and his family.
Mayor Jackson’s goals are to heal the rifts that have divided the City, bring excellence back to the Cleveland Municipal School District, attract and retain jobs for City residents, continue the progress in revitalizing the City’s diverse neighborhoods, work with suburban mayors and officials to create a regional economy, and deliver quality services to residents and businesses.
Mayor Jackson grew up in Cleveland, attended public school here, received his associate’s degree from Cuyahoga County Community College and his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and law degree from Cleveland State University.
A Vietnam War veteran, Mayor Jackson was elected to Cleveland City Council in 1989 to represent Cleveland’s Ward 5. He served as council member for 16 years, and during that time, there was a revival in the Ward 5 neighborhood, turning it into a thriving community with new housing developments and small businesses. His dedication extended to more than just his own ward. As a council member, Mayor Jackson attracted millions of dollars in new investments from the federal government and private sector. He served as Chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee and during that time, worked to renew the City’s downtown and neighborhoods.
In 2002, Mayor Jackson was elected by the 21-member City Council to serve as Council President. During his tenure, City Council worked to retain jobs, encourage new businesses and growth in the city, and improve the quality of life for people in Cleveland. In 2005, his commitment to the City of Cleveland prompted him to run for Mayor.
Mayor Jackson said he wants his time in office to be judged on “what we do for the least of us.” He says he will know he has made a difference, if his work unites the lives of children, seniors, disabled people, families, businesses and all who share this great City. He will know he has made a difference when we can all see “One People, One City, and One Mission.”