Should we recall Mayor Gary Norton?

Should we the people recall our Mayor Gary Norton or should we just stay the course?

Some residents say everything is fine in East Cleveland and there is no need for change, while others voice their disapproval of what is going on. We want to know what you think.

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8 Comments to Should we recall Mayor Gary Norton?

  1. Calvin Knight says:

    Jul 5 (2 days ago)

    Dear 44112 News;

    My main concern around a recall is who would replace Mayor Norton, who has thrown their hat in the ring? Publish the list of candidates who want that job please.

    “Some residents say everything is fine in East Cleveland and there is no need for change, while others voice their disapproval of what is going on. We want to know what you think.”
    Please describe “what is going on” that requires a recall.

    I think by this time Gary Norton has learned a lot. He is paying a Karma price for his conduct in office and his tactics to get the office. At this point he is probably a little wiser. East Cleveland still feels like a ship with no one tending the rudder and a broken engine. For a long time it seemed as if no one in office knew how or cared enough about the public interest to execute on our behalf. BUT, I see change, I see change in the amount of effort council is making. Some of it seems misguided but I would not know where to start either. I think at this time a recall is not in the best interest of our city.

    The stated grounds for recall seem weak and have an “ad hominine” flavor. Unless some outstanding person wants the job we have a better chance watching and helping Mayor Norton mature. I think a citizens letter of “No Confidence” backed with a serious citizens watch group to help insure wise decisions would make financial sense and have a motivating effect on all of us.

    44112news I think you would do a great public service if you could publish a list of everyone in our city who owes back taxes and how much they owe, I think it is substantial.

    Thank You for your diligent work and efforts to do right by East Cleveland.

    Calvin Knight

    • Valery Hill says:

      It doesn’t matter who owes back taxes, since nothing will be done to collect these monies and the homeowners who lose their property can still live on the property for free! Case in point: 1540 Luxor Road. This property is in East Cleveland’s land bank and has been there for a year. The homeowner hadn’t paid property taxes for more than 5 years (Yes, 5 years!). Yet, even though the property is no longer his, he’s still living there and is using it as a dumping ground. The backyard is full of debris, including old automobile tires, cut up tree trunks, and tree branches that he has dumped there. The back fence that he carelessly knocked down rests in the middle of filthy yard. Weeds continue to grow throughout this deplorable area, as well. How long he’ll use (and abuse) this city property for free is anyone’s guess,since the city hasn’t bothered to evict him and make the place available for sale. He hasn’t even been required to clean up the mess he’s made on the property. He’s just enjoying the benefits of living there for free while the East Cleveland goes broke.

    • It's me says:

      Kathy Ray Coleman is crazy! And, she hears voices! Ask Lavell Dabney.

  2. Randy Smith says:

    Richmond Heights residents launch campaign to recall Mayor Miesha Headen

    Richmond Heights residents have launched a campaign to recall Mayor Miesha Headen. Her seven-month term has been wrought with political unrest and a severely damaged relationship with city council. (Sara Dorn, NEOMG)

    By Sara Dorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group
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    on July 14, 2014 at 5:02 PM, updated July 15, 2014 at 9:43 AM




    RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Richmond Heights residents have launched a campaign to recall beleaguered Mayor Miesha Headen, citing her “inability to compromise, negotiate and work effectively with others,” among other issues.

    More than 20 residents have been organizing the recall effort for about a month, and they began a walking campaign Sunday night, according to the committee chairman, Carl Harmon.

    The committee’s website,, lists Nelson Barmen as the campaign treasurer.

    “It appears that most of us are aware of the political turmoil which is negatively impacting our City. Within the last several months, our beautiful City has been the focus of political strife. It appears that Mayor Miesha Wilson-Headen is unable to effectively execute the duties for which she is charged,” the website’s homepage reads.

    Harmon voted for Headen, but helped start the campaign when he realized she was incapable of compromising with council, he said.

    The site also mentions Headen’s recent decision to sever ties with the company that managed the city’s IT services and the contention surrounding Greenwood Farm — a cornerstone in Headen’s mayoral campaign and during her seven months as mayor.

    The committee is soliciting petition signatures, donations and volunteers through the site.

    It would take 725 signatures, or 25 percent of the total electorate in the November mayoral election, to eject the mayor. If Headen does not resign within five days of the petition being submitted to her, council can hold a recall election.

    Headen’s supporters began circulating recall petitions for Councilman Donald O’Toole, Council President David Roche, and Councilwoman Eloise Henry earlier this month.

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    These are some of the issues that have lead to the political turmoil in Richmond Heights:

    Hasty firings, unapproved hirings

    Headen has fired at least 10 employees, including two finance directors and the city’s longtime law director, and has refused to answer questions about many of the terminations.

    The law director’s departure created a legislative stalemate in which council refused to vote on several of the mayor’s appointments for new employees without legal counsel.

    Headen said this forced her to hire people without council’s consent, which violates the city’s charter.

    She let her new assistant, Brandye Mells, drive a city vehicle and park it in Cleveland Heights over the weekend.

    Days after the car incident, Northeast Ohio Media Group revealed Mells was facing criminal charges in Toledo. She was put on paid leave and never returned to work. It’s unclear whether she was fired or resigned. NEOMG requested letters of termination and/or resignation for Mells more than a month ago.

    Legal counsel

    After weeks without a law director, council voted unanimously to hire Walter Haverfield as legal counsel. That’s the same firm where fired Law Director Todd Hunt and Police Prosecutor Jonathan Greenburg are employed.

    Headen vetoed the resolution and said it violates the city’s charter since only a mayor can appoint a law director. She tried twice to appoint Joseph Szeman as law director, but council denied him both times.

    This incited a written argument between Szeman and Walter Haverfield’s Sara Fagnili over whether Walter Haverfield’s contract with the city is legal.

    At Tuesday’s council meeting, Val Schurowliew sat next to Headen as her legal advisor, while Fagnili sat with council. When council members asked who was paying Schurowliew, he said he was working for free.

    Headen’s health care

    Headen’s relationship with council in her first months as mayor was tainted by a battle over her health-care benefits.

    Headen argued she works full time and is entitled to city-paid coverage, but council members said the job has historically been part-time.

    The city’s charter was silent on whether the mayor’s position is full- or part-time until council voted to make it part-time, preventing Headen from accessing the benefits.

    In the heat of a debate about her health care, it was revealed that Headen was more than four months late on a $3,650 health-care payment she owed the city while she was a councilwoman.

    Greenwood Farm

    The century-old farmhouse and 17-acre property on Richmond Road is at the center of council’s most recent tiff with Headen.

    She campaigned on promises of halting spending at the farm the city bought more than 10 years ago and often cites an Ohio Auditor of State finding that suggests the city set up a permanent lease with the non-profit that was set up to run the farm.

    In March she vetoed a $15,720 appropriation to the farm, calling it a “boondoggle which has sapped our community of $1 million,” and appeared on WKYC Channel 3 condemning the property. Council overrode her veto.

    Last week, the Greenwood Farm Board of Directors cancelled its annual Junk in the Trunk sale after Headen required the organization enter into a $1,700 lease agreement with the city five days before the event was scheduled to take place.

    She scheduled a garage sale for the same day and time as Junk in the Trunk at Desan Park and said she hoped vendors from the Greenwood Farm event would sign up for her sale, free of charge.

    At Tuesday’s council meeting, Council President David Roche — who also serves as president of the Greenwood Farm Board of Directors — accused her of hijacking their event before a packed audience at city hall. Several residents also shared their opinions for and against the farm.

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  3. I , Kathy Coleman, edit Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio’s most read digital Black newspaper and worked for the Call and Poist for 17 years. Crazy people cannot get to become the top Black online newspaper in Ohio. We get more readers than the Call and Post. Also, I have a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees. No discussion should precipitate the defamation of me on this site. Who did video, Ernest Smith? I do not know Lavelle Damney other than he harassed me and will be sued shorty. Please remove the defamation of me on this site or be on notice that you will be sued. The data have been collected

    • Also, this site gets no readers whatsoever. You do not even rank because you lack the intelligence to draw readers You are sad and the person that did the video and then had me defamed on this site is allegedly getting paid by corrupt and racist Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty while posing as a community activist with
      no job. Read us at

      • This site is nothing more than Ernest Smith of OPN, a a non-job having pro-County Prosecutor Tim McGinty coward who will not stand behind the site and who loves White men like McGinty. Is he crazy and hearing voices? Ernie Smith is a phony.

  4. It's me says:

    @Kathy Coleman….
    You are crazy as hell! If you didn’t know Lavell, why did you try to slander him in your rag called I don’t have a job a Urban News. Sad you need psychiatric assistance.

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