Martin Keane was sworn in today by Mayor Frank G. Jackson as the Assistant Director of Public Utilities. Keane previously served as the Cleveland City Councilman for Ward 17.
“As a longtime councilperson and chairman of the Utilities Committee, Martin Keane comes to this position with valuable experience,” said Mayor Jackson.
As the Department of Public Utilities – which includes Cleveland Water, Cleveland Public Power and Cleveland Water Pollution Control – moves forward, Keane will work with the Director of Public Utilities to manage the operations and oversight of more than 1,700 employees and a $570 million budget.
Keane was first elected to City Council in 2007 to represent the Kamm’s Corners, West Park and Puritas neighborhoods. He was chair of the Utilities Committee and Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee. In addition, he was a member of the Finance, Development Planning & Sustainability, Operations and Rules committees. Prior to City Council, Keane worked as a probation officer and most recently as Assistant County Prosecutor of Cuyahoga County. Keane was raised in Ward 17 where is father had served on City Council back in the 1970s. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School, attended The Ohio State University and earned a law degree at Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He and his wife have four children.