Cleveland City Council has unanimously voted to approve the recommendation of Blaine Griffin to replace the retiring Mamie Mitchell as the city's new Ward 6 councilman.

Mitchell cited personal reasons for her decision to retire. By council tradition, she recommended her own replacement. The vote to officially approve Griffin took place during Monday evening's council meeting.

Griffin comes to the council after serving as Mayor Frank Jackson's administration as the Director of the Community Relations Board. In a statement, Jackson said of Griffin's appointment:

“Cleveland City Council’s selection of Blaine Griffin to represent Ward 6 is a good choice. Blaine has served the residents of Cleveland, including those in Ward 6, for many years and in many capacities. Through his job as Executive Director of the Community Relations Board he has met many challenges for the City and because of his hard work and dedication he was able to produce a positive outcome. He will carry on the same tradition of quality representation and service for the people of Ward 6.”

Griffin will serve the remainder of Mitchell's term and face opponents in September's primary election.

Ward 6 encompasses a diverse area of the city's East Side..including the Fairfax, Little Italy and Buckeye-Shaker neighborhoods.