CH economic development director resigns

Howard Thompson when he was first hired in 2010.

On Feb. 6, Howard Thompson, Cleveland Heights economic development director, resigned from his position effective immediately. Thompson had held the position since December 2010.

“We were reorganizing the planning and development department and Howard resigned,” said Susanna Niermann O’Neil, acting city manager, “These things happen.”

The city had created the position in order to bring in Thompson. An assistant planning director position had been left unfilled for two and a half years prior to his appointment.

“Howard brought a tremendous amount of energy to the job,” said Niermann O’Neil, “He has a creative mind. I enjoyed working with him and wish him the best.”

Thompson would not comment on his resignation.

 Mayor Ed Kelley said that because Thompson reported to the city manager it was Niermann O’Neil’s decision to make. “It was a pleasure working with him. I’m sure he’ll land on his feet, and I wish him the best,” he said.

Deanna Bremer Fisher

Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.

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Volume 6, Issue 3, Posted 5:19 PM, 02.06.2013