Mayor Cyril Kleem has appointed long-time City employee Guy Turner as assistant to the mayor/administrator of community affairs. One of Turner’s jobs will be to work with a series of new community boards the Mayor plans to create.
Administrator of community affairs is a new division of City government, the Mayor announced. He said Turner “will provide support to me in the City’s daily operations.”
Currently the assistant recreation director, Turner will assume his new duties on March 1. He will be directly responsible for working with other City departments and community organizations. His main function will be communications, advocating community concerns by representing the City to the public and communicating residents’ concerns to City officials.
“We want to make sure issues are handled in a timely and efficient manner,” the Mayor said.
Mayor Kleem also plans to name a series of new community boards made up of local residents. Those boards might deal with services, health and wellness issues, diversity and innovations to City government. He also is considering boards for recycling and police issues.
“These aren’t just for complaints,” Mayor Kleem said. “I want to get feedback and identify issues so we can deal with them. I want residents to be involved in how their City government operates.”
Turner is a 2001 graduate of Berea High School and lettered in football and baseball. While in high school, he worked on the equipment staff at the Cleveland Browns training facility.
He has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Cleveland State where he was named Homecoming King. He has been a cheerleading coach and tumbling instructor at StepOne All Stars and Xcel Athletics since 2013 as well as working for the City of Berea since 2009. His first job with Berea was with the grounds crew. He also was a member of the Cavs’ Spirit Squad for two years.
Turner said his new job “will be challenging, but I’m really looking forward to it.”
He is married with two children. The family lives in Berea.