A Lead Czar for the Mayor's Office

Mayor's Lead Czar

On August 15, 2021 on the steps of City Hall, mayoral candidate Justin Bibb declared his intention to appoint a Lead Czar to serve in the Mayor's Cabinet if he was elected.

Fast Forward to January 2022, Mayor Bibb confirmed his plan to appoint the Lead Czar.

Now we learn that Karen Dettmer has been appointed to the position of Lead Czar in Mayor Bibb's cabinet. CLASH has requested a meeting with Ms. Dettmer as soon as she completes her transition to the new position.

Here are the bottlenecks that CLASH wants the Lead Czar to address in the coming year.

  1. Convene a working group of representatives of the Law Department, Department of Public Health, Department of Building and Housing, and the Housing Court to identify and remove the bottlenecks that prevent effective code enforcement.

  2. Answer the question of why a section of the Lead Safe Certificate Program was never included in the Codified Ordinances of the City of Cleveland. Where, for example, is the Lead Screening and Testing Commission and the Lead Safe Housing Action Board?

  3. Who you gonna call when you have a deteriorated paint concern? Building and Housing or Health Department. Right now each says the other is responsible for lead issues.