Nov. 14 – Finance, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Cleveland City Council
Covered by Documenters Kathryn Johnson and Nick Ventura

Cleveland Housing Court Administrator Samantha Coleman and the city’sChief Human Resources Officer Paul Patton speaking with committee members (Credit: Cleveland City Council YouTube / Org: Cleveland City Council).
Cleveland Housing Court Administrator Samantha Coleman and the city’s Chief Human Resources Officer Paul Patton speaking with committee members. Credit: Cleveland City Council YouTube

What happened: The committee advanced legislation regarding Cleveland Housing Court staff. The emergency ordinance, which full council passed later that day, changes the court’s pay band. A pay band is a set of council-approved salary ranges for government positions. The court wanted to remove two positions from the pay band because they’re no longer used, according to Housing Court Administrator Samantha Coleman. Court reporter was one of the eliminated positions. All court cases — whether held virtually or in-person — are electronically recorded and stored, Coleman said. The legislation also added a chief information officer and chief financial officer to the Housing Court pay band.

Background checks: The committee also advanced legislation regarding pre-employment background checks. It allows the city to contract with OPENOnline for the service. Council President Blaine Griffin asked if the proposed vendor currently handled background checks. Chief Officer of Human Resources Paul Patton said it did. Council also passed this at its regular meeting later that day. 

And also: City vehicles are set to be equipped with automated vehicle location software. The board approved a contract with PreCise MRM not to exceed $239,733. Jones said it will cover 327 vehicles. Bibb asked about tracking all city vehicles. That is a goal for next year, Jones said.

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