Message from the Mayor
I began my professional career in Euclid at the non-profit organization Euclid Community Concerns. The mission of the organization was to “create a model community where citizens of all races and backgrounds live together in harmony.” While there has been some progress, we still have a lot of work to do to be a united City. I strive for us to be a community that can live, work and thrive together. I lead this administration to focus on listening to our residents and building partnerships so we can address issues together. I expect all of us to walk together, one step at a time and progress on purpose. I’m grateful for everyone that will join me and my administration.
The past few weeks have been tumultuous for our City. Euclid was in the news for all the wrong reasons. Social media, local media and national media have taken bits and pieces from many sources and shared their perspective. It’s been very interesting to learn this side of mayoral business. How do I respond honestly to accusations without sounding defensive? How do I provide answers when we do not have all the informantion? My intention is always to be forthcoming where I’m able. While people want instantaneous information and action, I will strive always to make decisions in a thoughtful, systematic approach based on full review of facts rather than emotion and expediency. All of our citizens deserve that.
The City of Euclid and the Euclid Police Department are committed to providing a safe community and to treat all people with dignity and respect. We have worked hard to build a strong relationship between the community and police. The recent viral video has shattered that bond and trust for some, but we certainly do not want this incident to erase all the good work done every day by our officers and employees. We also cannot allow this incident to define who we are as a community and how we interact with each other. Discipline and corrective actions are in process. I am grateful for the many residents, faith leaders, and community partners for their support, involvement and willingness to work toward solutions.
I would like to thank our sponsors who helped support the “Summer at Sims” concert series. Our last concert was a chilly evening that seemed to mark the end of the summer. Euclid schools are back in session and fall is right around the corner. I look forward to celebrating Indian Hill Homeowners Association’s 75th Anniversary, attending some football and fall sports events, and a number of community events planned for September.
I hope you will join us on Friday, September 22, 2017 for our second annual Art Walk! You’ll see a transformation of our downtown Euclid area from Shore Cultural Centre to Lakeshore Boulevard from East 218th to East 228th! The feature of course will be photos of Euclid places, events and people taken by our residents! It’s a pictorial of how we all feel about our City! There will be refreshments for sale on the grounds of Shore, stilt walkers throughout the entire area, various art vendors, specials at downtown restaurants, and many activities to participate in or view! It’s a great way to kick off the fall!
I hope to see you around the neighborhood!
Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail
Kirsten Holzheimer Gail
Mayor, City of Euclid