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Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb’s senior strategist for equity never started job

Ricardo León took new job instead as COO of Cuyahoga Land Bank
Credit: 3News

CLEVELAND — On January 20, Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb announced he had picked Ricardo León to fill a new “key role” in his office: Senior Strategist for Equity.

“These individuals bring strong leadership, diverse talent and community advocacy to the administration,” Mayor Bibb said in a statement about León and Joyce Pan Haung, who was named planning director. “Dedicated roles focused on inclusive opportunity and people-centered neighborhoods will help advance our mission of economic growth and development in our most underserved communities.”

At the time he was picked, León was Executive Director of the Metro West Community Development Organization, where he worked with groups in several neighborhoods including Stockyards and Clark-Fulton.

The job of senior strategist for equity, one of several new jobs being added to mayor’s office, pays an annual salary of $105,000.

León, however, never started. He instead took a job in April as the Chief Operating Officer of the Cuyahoga Land Bank.

3News asked the mayor’s office about León, but it never responded.

León told 3News Wednesday that “another opportunity came up.” He said he looks forward to working with the city in role at the land bank.

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