Council member Joe Cimperman is resigning from office, the City of Cleveland announced Friday.
Cimperman is resigning to become president of Global Cleveland—a non-profit agency aimed at attracting people from around the world to live and work in northeast Ohio.
He will be vacating his post in March. At that time, city council will appoint a candidate for his replacement.
The replacement council member will serve through the rest of Cimperman's term, which ends Dec. 31, 2017.
“I congratulate Global Cleveland for a very good choice in selecting Joe Cimperman,” said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. “Joe has always shown great passion and compassion in standing with both the immigrant and refugee population here in Cleveland. His work ethic and leadership speak volumes to his capabilities. One needs look no further than Ward 3 to see the fruits of his labors."
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Joe’s stature and known leadership qualities at the front of our organization moving ahead," said Global Cleveland Board Chair David Fleshler. "He believes in the value of Global Cleveland and its mission.”
Cimperman served the city as a council member for the last 18 years, currently representing Ward 3.
He chairs council's health and human services committee and is a member of both the development, planning and sustainability committee and the safety committee.
He graduated from St. Ignatius High School and John Carroll University.