As part of Mayor Jackson’s transition he will continue to swear in and finalize appointments in the coming weeks.
“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.”
On Thursday, August 19, 2021, Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the Oath of Office to Tracy Martin-Thompson and Terrell Pruitt, swearing them in as Executive Commissioner of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity and Commissioner of the Division of Waste, respectively. Both positions are within the Department of Public Works. View their biographies below:
Tracy Martin-Thompson is an accomplished educator who brings more than 20 years of experience in transforming low-performing schools. A native of Cleveland, she began her career in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, serving as a teacher, principal and area superintendent. In 2006, Tracy was appointed by Mayor Frank G. Jackson to serve on his Cabinet as the Chief of Education. In this position, she acted as an advisor on all education matters impacting the City and the region and served as the liaison between the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the City of Cleveland.
Tracy went on to serve as the Chief of Schools for the District of Columbia Public School system where she implemented initiatives that improved math and reading scores district-wide. Following her tenure with D.C. Public Schools, Tracy worked as the Chief of Staff for Academics for the Detroit Public Schools where she helped to develop and implement a comprehensive five-year action plan, secured over $70 million in School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds, and established a comprehensive plan of support for the district’s lower-performing schools.
Tracy also served as the Chief Officer of the Office of Strategic School Support Services (OS4) for the Chicago Public Schools. As the Chief Officer of OS4, Tracy created a new structure designed to provide comprehensive support and services to some of the district’s highest need neighborhood schools, resulting in academic and non-academic improvements.
Since 2018, Tracy has served as the Chief of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity (PIOYYA) for the Office of Mayor Frank Jackson. As the Chief of PIOYYA, Tracy is responsible for developing and expanding youth programming and initiatives designed to address youth violence as a health epidemic. In addition, Tracy oversees the Department of Community Relations, the Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Department of Aging.
Tracy is a graduate of John Carroll University where she earned a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ohio University.
Lieutenant Colonel Terrell Pruitt comes into this position after serving as Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Public Works since November 2018. He also served on Cleveland City Council from 2008 to 2017, representing the Lee Harvard, Lee Seville, and Mount Pleasant Neighborhoods. He served as Chairperson of the Public Utilities Committee and Operations and Personnel Committees during his tenure, and was also Majority Whip. Additional committee assignments included the Development, Planning and Sustainability Committee, Finance Committee, and Rules Committee.
Pruitt is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard, and currently serves as Branch Chief of the Plans and Programs Division in the Construction Facility Management Office. In this role, he was responsible for designing, preparing, and supervising capital improvement projects throughout the Ft. Ohio properties and facilities.
He started his career in the National Guard as a Company Commander for over 3 years, then becoming a Brigade Engineer Planner in preparation for a deployment to Afghanistan. In his next role as a Battalion Planner and Assistant Operations Officer, he was responsible for the evaluation of intelligence, development of estimates and the formulation of recommendations. He also assisted the Battalion Operations Officer in operational planning and mission assessment, among other duties.
In 2016, Pruitt also became a Civil Military Affairs Officer, serving as executive agent for all aspects of law enforcement and civil-military operations. As Brigade Engineer from 2014 to 2018, he was responsible for planning and assessing survivability operations. He then became a Real Property Officer, handling oversight of construction expenditures and agreements of assigned activities in theater.
Pruitt is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master of Business Administration in Global Business Economics, both from Cleveland State University. He was also a graduate of the 2014 Class of Leadership Cleveland, through the Cleveland Leadership Center.