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Dean DePiero OCTOBER 2007 Newsletter


Since becoming mayor, I believe I have implemented several programs and services that improve the quality of life for Parma residents. I have also strived to implement significant managerial initiatives that have saved taxpayer dollars.

During my first term in office, I implemented major reforms in the Public Housing Department, the Police Department, and helped bring the Police Department and City Hall into the 21st Century through vastly improved technology.

I have developed new partnerships that benefit the City and its residents within the community, the County, and the State.

In addition, I spearheaded the initiative to create the Cleveland Metropark in Parma through partnerships with the West Creek Preservation committee. That project continues to grow, and will create another jewel in the Cleveland Metroparks' "Emerald Necklace".

Late last year, I implemented the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission to review City operations and finance. My administration continues to review and implement many of the recommendations that resulted from that the Commission's hard work.

Included in those recommendations was to place a policy levy on the ballot, which successfully passed in May. Since the levy passed, ten new officers have been sworn in and patrols have increased around the City. In addition to the Police Levy, I also helped lead the charge to pass the tax equity initiative that finally passed in 2006, which also guarantees a citizens' right to vote on tax issues.

I want to thank the people of Parma for believing in me, and the work that I have done over the last four years. I couldn't have done this work, however, without the help of the other talented elected officials in Parma.

I encourage you to keep that in mind as you head to the polls on Tuesday, November 6th. I ask that you re-elect Ward 8 Councilman Scott Tuma, and Ward 1 Councilwoman Mary Galinas. Scott and Mary have served their Wards and the City of Parma well, and we have worked as a team to promote and progress Parma toward the future. Please help to keep these two devoted members of Council.

It is also important to note the Parma Municipal Court race. Deanna O'Donnell will make an honest and fair judge, and I ask that you remember her on November 6th. Deanna is running for the seat being vacated by retiring Judge, Mary Dunning. Deanna's experience speaks for itself. She received "excellent" ratings from the Cleveland Bar Association, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, and the Ohio Women's Bar Association, and Deanna is the candidate endorsed by The Plain Dealer, the Sun News, and The Call & Post. I encourage you to see Deanna's impressive ratings over her opponent at www.judge4yourself.com.

Please feel free to share this message with friends and family, and please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance to you.

Dean DePiero
Mayor of Parma

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