Recovery Operation Update #9

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 7 p.m.

CLEVELAND — Search and Recovery efforts are continuing this evening for the Cessna 525 Citation that went missing Thursday evening after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport.

Vessels from the Cleveland Division Fire, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and New York State Police are still in the water utilizing sonar and a dive teams. If sonar picks up on something in the water, divers are deployed to take a closer look.

The Cleveland Division of Police chopper and the Metroparks Zodiac were both deployed today, but had to return due to weather and visibility. Mounted units from the Cleveland Division of Police and the Metroparks Rangers joined personnel on foot for the shoreline searches today.

Unified Command confirmed that the search area is now four miles east to west (along the shoreline) and two and a half miles north to south (from the shore into the water). At this time, a determination has not been made yet about search and recovery operations for tomorrow.

Additional debris was collected this afternoon, but that debris has not yet been confirmed as belonging to this investigation. The debris collected today came from the shoreline east of Burke Lakefront airport. We are not sharing specific information about the debris as it is part of an active investigation.

The Cleveland Division of Police is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board on this active investigation.

The City of Cleveland remains in contact with the families of those aboard the aircraft. We ask that you continue to respect their privacy as they deal with this difficult situation. The search and recovery process can take a long time. Please continue to respect the families by sharing only confirmed information.

The Cleveland Division of Police is leading the investigation, following up on all reports of debris and processing them to determine if they are relative to this investigation. Anyone who sees debris should call the non-emergency number of the Cleveland Division of Police at 216-621-1234 or Burke Lakefront Airport at 216-781-6411.

“We want to remind everyone that this is an active investigation,” said Calvin Williams, Chief of Police. “If you see something that could be debris from the plane, we are asking people to avoid touching it, and to call the Division of Police immediately.”

We will provide updates as they are available on the City’s blog www.clecityhall.com, as well as Twitter @CityofCleveland and www.facebook.com/CityofCleveland.

 

Mayor Jackson Swore in Matt Gray as Chief of Sustainability

January 3, 2016

Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson swore in Matt Gray as Chief of Sustainability at Cleveland City Hall. The swearing-in ceremony was held in the Mayor’s Red Room among co-workers, family members and friends.

“Matt Gray has the skills, training, and experience we need as Chief of The Office of Sustainability,” said Mayor Jackson. “He will continue to move Cleveland toward my goal of making Cleveland a Green City on a Blue Lake.”

img_2336webPreviously, Matt Gray served as the City of Cleveland’s Director of Sustainability and is responsible for advising the City on policies related to sustainability and the oversight of the Office of Sustainability; leading coordination of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative; implementing the Cleveland Climate Action Plan and the Sustainable Cleveland Municipal Action Plan; and reducing the City’s ecological footprint with solutions that also save the City money.

In this role as the Chief of Sustainability, Mr. Gray and the Office of Sustainability will continue working to improve environmental, economic, and human health for all. Key strategies including applying for and managing grants, assisting Departments and Divisions in implementing sustainability projects, holding Sustainable Cleveland Summits and other events, collaborating with community partners, and making it easier for Clevelanders to take action in sustainability. In addition, Mr. Gray will continue to oversee Sustainable Cleveland 2019, Mayor Jackson’s ten-year effort announced in 2009 with the goal of engaging people from all walks of life to transform Cleveland into a Green City on a Blue Lake.

Prior to his work for the City, Mr. Gray held several positions related to sustainability and climate action in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Before starting with the City in 2012, Mr. Gray completed a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship in Mauritius on climate change governance. Prior to receiving this grant, he worked four years with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program, serving as Chair of the Interagency Sustainability Working Group to make green building standard practice throughout the federal government.

Matt Gray earned his bachelor degrees in Industrial Engineering and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. He also received a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia University, with a focus in Environmental Science and Policy.

Mayor Jackson Swore-in Duane Deskins as First Chief of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth & Young Adults

January 3, 2017

Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson swore-in Duane Deskins as the first Chief of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth & Young Adults for the City of Cleveland.

“We can’t claim to want a different reality for our kids and the communities they live in without becoming more intentional about solutions,” said Mayor Jackson. “As a result of this work we will see increased partnerships, develop leaders, and connect young people to the prosperity our city continues to develop.”

In December Mayor Jackson announced that he created this cabinet level position of Chief of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults and Duane Deskins will lead and coordinate this effort.

Duane Deskins, a federal prosecutor for more than 30 years, joined the Prosecutor’s Office in December 2013 as Chief Prosecutor in the Juvenile Division and Director of Crime Prevention. During his tenure at Justice Department, Deskins worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and his native Cleveland. Duane helped shape and implement the department’s Project Safe Neighborhood and Project Sentry (PSN) strategy to reduce violent crime using data-driven initiatives and broad-based community collaborations.

Since taking charge of the Juvenile Justice Division, Duane has led a proactive effort to crack down on youth gang violence within the Detention Center and in neighborhoods throughout Cuyahoga County.

He has worked with police chiefs and community groups alike to deter juvenile crime and present at-risk youngsters with more positive options. He has also forged closer ties between prosecutors at Juvenile Court and those who work downtown at the Justice Center.

Deskins grew up in the Glenville and Shaker Square neighborhoods in Cleveland and graduated from St. Ignatius High School. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Boston College. He most recently served as the First Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.

A list of Mr. Duane Deskins accomplishments can be viewed here: 01-03-2017-deskins-accomplishments

View the Ceremony here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=728xkuVAAnM&feature=youtu.be

Recovery Operation Update #8

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

CLEVELAND — Search and Recovery efforts began at daylight the Cessna 525 Citation that went missing Thursday evening after taking off from Burke Lakefront Airport.

The City of Cleveland remains in contact with the families of those aboard the aircraft. We ask that you continue to respect their privacy as they deal with this difficult situation.

Weather conditions today are allowing continued search by water and shoreline. The Cleveland Division of Police Helicopter is not in the air at this time. Crews from the Cleveland Division of Fire, the United States Coast Guard, Underwater Marine Contractors, Cleveland Division of Police, New York State Police, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Akron Fire, Toledo Fire, Brecksville Fire and the Cleveland Metroparks Rangers are working on the search and recovery efforts.

The Cleveland Division of Police is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board on this active investigation.

There are currently six vessels in the water carrying four dive teams and equipped with sonar technology. The seventh vessel, the Zodiac, is on standby to search near the shoreline if necessary. All Caution tape in areas along the shoreline is a precautionary measure as part of the investigative process. Seeing this tape does not mean that items have been found in the area. The search and recovery process can take a long time. Please continue to respect the families by sharing only confirmed information.

During the course of search and recovery operations, Unified Command received multiple reports of debris washing ashore. Over 120 pieces of debris were recovered so far and many are consistent with what would be found on a Cessna 525 Citation. We are not sharing any further information about the debris as it is part of an active investigation.

The Cleveland Division of Police is leading the investigation, following up on all reports of debris and processing them to determine if they are relative to this investigation. Anyone who sees debris should call the non-emergency number of the Cleveland Division of Police at 216-621-1234 or Burke Lakefront Airport at 216-781-6411.

“We want to remind everyone that this is an active investigation,” said Calvin Williams, Chief of Police. “If you see something that could be debris from the plane, we are asking people to avoid touching it, and to call the Division of Police immediately.”

We will provide updates as they are available on the City’s blog www.clecityhall.com, as well as Twitter @CityofCleveland and www.facebook.com/CityofCleveland.