City of Cleveland News Updates – #393

The City of Cleveland today made the following announcements:

City of Cleveland Appoints Commissioner of Division of Health Equity and Social Justice

On July 27, 2021, Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the Oath of Office to Lita Wills, appointing her as the Commissioner of the Division of Health Equity and Social Justice. To view photos from the swearing-in ceremony and Commissioner Wills’ headshot, click here.

Lita Wills is an experienced leader in the public health, non-profit and education sectors with more than 20 years of experience in community health, education and prevention. She began her career at The Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland, leading HIV prevention and testing programs and initiatives. From there, she served as the Responsible Sex Behavior Program Supervisor for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, where she implemented comprehensive prevention education for K-12 students.

Wills continued her career at The Rich Center for Autism at Youngstown State University as the Associate Director of Development before becoming the Executive Director of the Mahoning Valley College Access Program. Wills later served as the Director of Community Impact at The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. In this capacity, she guided community investments to more than 40 partner organizations, lead COVID-19 Emergency Response Funding, and created Diversity Equity and Inclusion policies.

Wills holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cleveland State University and a Master of Public Health from Kent State University.

Mayor Jackson previously announced this appointment and other upcoming appointments in the Department of Public Heath during a press conference on July 7, 2021. To view that press conference, click here.

“When I announced that this was my final term, I told you that the work would continue,” said Mayor Jackson. “We will do the work because we owe nothing less to the citizens of this city. I will serve as your mayor, until I’m no longer mayor. These new appointments are a continuation of the staffing changes I began in May as part of the transition to end my mayoral leadership. I have sworn in interim positions, finalized appointments, filled outstanding positions and am reassigning mayor’s office staff, including support staff, to other roles in the city.”

City of Cleveland Announces Appointment of New Animal Care and Control Manager

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard Announce the Appointment of Cory Keller as the new Manager of the Division of Animal Care and Control. To view his headshot, click here.

Cory Keller comes to Cleveland Animal Care and Control with over fifteen years of animal welfare experience, serving as the Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village’s Director of Operations, and most recently the Executive Director of Berea Animal Rescue Friends. Cory Keller holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from DeVry University. Cory looks forward to collaborating with all city departments, serving the community and continuing the great work being done within the Division of Animal Care and Control.