City of Cleveland Daily News Updates – #387

The City of Cleveland today made the following announcements:

City of Cleveland Appoints Interim Directors of Human Resources and Finance

On July 13, 2021, Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the Oath of Office to Deandre Benson and Jim Gentile, swearing them in as Interim Director of Human Resources and Interim Director of Finance, respectively:

  • Deandre Benson, Interim Director of Human Resources

DeAndre Benson was hired June 29, 1993 as a Student Assistant in the Department of Public Utilities. Mr. Benson held several jobs in Public Utilities and was promoted in 1999 to a Labor Relations Assistant. DeAndre was responsible for assisting the Manager to investigate and resolve grievances.  

In 2007, Mr. Benson became General Manager of Administrative Services where he managed the Labor Relations section for Public Utilities and was responsible for the interpreting labor relations procedures and union contract language, facilitating the discipline process, training employees on union contract content, and became the liaison for EEO and drug testing procedures.

For the last four years, Mr. Benson has served as the Assistant Director of Human Resources. In this role, he has been instrumental in creating and updating City-wide policies and managing the labor relations process for over 30 collective bargaining agreements.

Mr. Benson is currently attending the University of Phoenix, with an expected graduation date of spring 2022. He and his wife recently celebrated their 20th Wedding Anniversary and they have two children. He is an avid golfer and is President of the National Negro Golf Association.

To view Deandre Benson’s headshot, click here.

  • Jim Gentile, Interim Director of Finance

Jim Gentile comes into this position after serving as Controller in the City of Cleveland since February 2002. He was hired in 1995 as Deputy Auditor for the Auditor of State’s Office, where he planned and supervised audits of cities, school districts and other local government agencies. From 1991 to 1995, he was employed by the City of Cleveland as an Accountant and as Acting City Controller.

Mr. Gentile received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Ohio. He was a student of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and graduated from John Hay High School.

To view Jim Gentile’s headshot, click here.

Michael J. Zone NRRC Pool Closes for 2021 Season; Clark NRRC Opens in Close Proximity    

Michael J. Zone Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center (NRRC) pool is closed for repairs the remainder of the 2021 season. In light of this, Clark NRRC indoor pool –less than a half mile away – will now reopen. Clark pool was previously closed for the season due to a lack of seasonal lifeguards.

Clark NRRC pool is open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday through August 6. Indoor pools will resume normal operations, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., the week of August 9.

Special Joint Commission and Committee Meeting on Sherwin-Williams Proposal July 20

On Tuesday July 20th, a special joint meeting of the City Planning Commission, Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee, Landmarks Commission and the Warehouse Historic District Design Review Committee will be held to hear the concept proposal for the Sherwin Williams headquarters.

The meeting will be held in the Mercedes Cotner Committee Room, City Hall Room 217 at 601 Lakeside Avenue. Due to room limitations, attendance at the meeting will be limited to commissions, committee’s, presenters, and staff. The meeting will be live streamed on TV20, City of Cleveland You Tube Channel, and the City of Cleveland website.

To view the full posting, which includes the agenda and original release, click here.

City of Cleveland Statement on December 2020 Cleveland Police Chase

The December 20, 2019 police-involved vehicle pursuit and fatal crash was reviewed by the Cleveland Division of Police, Office of the Chief. A letter regarding the findings of the investigation and recommendation was forwarded to the Police Review Board. The letter will be published to the Cleveland Public Records Portal GovQA. No further comment will be provided at this time as the findings are currently under appeal.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Passenger Travel Data

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), like other airports worldwide, has had a dramatic drop in air service and travelers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns over health and safety, as well as quarantines, coupled with many businesses cancelling travel and leisure travelers staying home, have impacted flights.

We are currently averaging 12,447 passengers for the week of July 4 to July 10, compared with the 314 passengers we reported in April 2020. Click here to view regularly updated numbers on airport travel on the Hopkins website.

Other Important Reminders

City of Cleveland Division of Emergency Medical Service Now Hiring EMTs/Paramedics

The City of Cleveland Division of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is now hiring EMTs/Paramedics. Applications are now available at and are due no later than July 22, 2021. To view the full flyer, click here.

For more information, please contact Cleveland Public Safety Recruitment at 216-623-5233, or via social media: @ClevelandPublicSafetyRecruitment on Facebook and @CLErecruitment on Instagram and Twitter.