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Cleveland city councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland resigning due to health issues

She was first sworn into office in 2006.

CLEVELAND — *Editor's Note: The video in the player above is from a previous report.

Cleveland City Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland announced Thursday that she is resigning due to health issues. 

Phyllis Cleveland, Ward 5 councilwoman, has served the neighborhoods of Central, Kinsman, Midtown and parts of downtown throughout her 15-year tenure.

"We are losing one of the smartest and hardest-working members of this legislative body," said Council President Kevin Kelley. "Phyllis will truly be missed and all of us here in City Hall wish her the best." 

During her time on the council her efforts included, but were not limited to, ridding the neighborhoods of abandoned, dilapidated properties while also pulling together resources for developing affordable housing projects. 

She has served in leadership roles as Majority Leader in council and as vice chairwoman of council’s Finance Committee. She also chaired the Transportation Committee and sat on various other committees. 

Prior to serving on council, she worked as an Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor and a Judicial staff attorney, and a magistrate in the Foreclosure Department of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Cleveland is graduate of East Tech High School and Case Western Reserve University where she earned an undergraduate degree in English and a graduate degree in law. . 

She was sworn into office in January 2006. Her last day on the Council will be Monday, May 3. 

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