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Currently serving his seventh term on Cleveland City Council, Councilman Joe Cimperman is a senior member of the body and is highly regarded by his constituents, and peers, for his work ethic and ability to build meaningful bridges to tackle important issues relevant to Ward 3 and the City of Cleveland. Councilman Cimperman currently represents the City of Cleveland Ward 3, one of the most diverse wards in the City. Ward 3 includes the neighborhoods of St. Clair-Superior, Tremont, Ohio City, Duck Island, Old Brooklyn, Brooklyn Centre, the Flats, and Downtown Cleveland. 

Councilman Cimperman serves as the Chair of the Health & Human Services Committee and is a member of the Development, Planning and Sustainability and Safety Committees on Cleveland City Council. 

Councilman Cimperman is a proud graduate of St. Ignatius High School (1988) and John Carroll University (1992). While attending John Carroll, Councilman Cimperman founded Project GOLD, an award-winning international community service organization dedicated to assisting underprivileged families. 

Following his graduation from John Carroll, Councilman Cimperman worked with Cleveland’s I Have a Dream Foundation, a program which provided opportunities for the City’s youth to pursue higher education and equipped participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed. In addition to serving Cleveland, Councilman Cimperman completed two years of service as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where we worked with cognitively challenged adults in Portland, Maine, and at the Don Miller AIDS Hospice in Baltimore, caring for patients before they passed away. 

After a successful tenure with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Joe returned to Cleveland to serve as an outreach worker at Cleveland’s West Side Catholic Center. In 2003, Councilman Cimperman was selected as a Fellow for the prestigious German Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a program of the German Marshall Fund. 

Since first being elected to Cleveland City Council in 1997, Councilman Cimperman has focused his efforts on community revitalization. Working diligently, Councilman Cimperman has created and invigorated 30 block clubs in order to foster a sense of community for the many neighborhoods he proudly serves. Councilman Cimperman’s vision for Ward 3 and the City of Cleveland is a diverse, interconnected, and self-supported community filled with passion and energy. 

Additionally, Councilman Cimperman has been active in the arts community and recognizes the importance of fostering a strong arts and cultural scene across the City and has sponsored legislation to promote this attribute of the City. 

Councilman Cimperman has been spearheading Cleveland’s nationally-recognized urban agriculture scene. In 2008, Councilman Cimperman sponsored the first in a series of groundbreaking pieces of legislation that made Cleveland a leader in urban agriculture. Councilman Cimperman conceived the idea of the Healthy Cleveland Initiative, a collaboration between the City’s four major hospital systems, philanthropy and other interested stakeholders to improve the health and wellness of Clevelanders. 

Councilman Cimperman lives with his wife and children in Ward 3 and enjoys talking with, and more importantly, listening to its great constituents.


  • Health & Human Services - Chair
  • Development, Planning and Sustainability
  • Safety

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Oct 01, 2015 - TREMONT NEIGHBORHOOD GETS GRANT FOR GROCERY STORE TREMONT NEIGHBORHOOD GETS GRANT FOR GROCERY STORE Nov 10, 2014 - Councilman Cimperman Honors War Veterans in a Ceremony Aboard the USS Cod Councilman Joe Cimperman will give remarks during a ceremony aboard the USS Cod on Veterans Day Jan 11, 2013 - Cleveland’s Second District squares off in a Healthy Cleveland Challenge Eight teams representing from Cleveland’s 2nd District have 90 days to shape up and prove they are the fittest on the near west side Dec 03, 2012 - Letter from Councilman Cimperman to Ohio City residents on McDonald's Councilman addresses the proposed McDonald's at Lorain Avenue and Fulton Road Nov 26, 2012 - Neighbor Giving unites Ohio City seniors and culinary innovators More than 10 Ohio City restaurants team up to provide seniors at Riverview Terrace with a sampling of the neighborhood’s culinary best Oct 16, 2012 - Three Cleveland Metropolitan Schools earn national recognition for health and wellness initiatives Buhrer Dual Language, Douglas MacAurther Academy and John Marshall High School to be honored by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for fighting childhood obesity Jan 26, 2012 - Tremont West Development Corporation Hosts Annual Membership Meeting TWDC members to vote on new board, discuss neighborhood issues including the Innerbelt Project