Yvonne Pointer Retires

On behalf of the City of Cleveland, Mayor Frank G. Jackson thanked Ms. Pointer for her service and congratulated her on her retirement as many employees wished her the best in all of her future endeavors. After more than 21 years of dedicated service to the City of Cleveland, Ms. Yvonne Pointer will retire on May 13, 2016. 

Ms. Pointer began her career with the City in the Department of Public Works, Division of Recreation in 1995. In 2001, she joined the Community Relations Board (CRB) as a Project Director, the position from which she retires. In her role with the CRB, she has headed many cultural celebration committees including Black History and Women’s History.

In addition to her work with the City, Ms. Pointer is a tireless community servant. After the murder of her daughter, Gloria, she became a tenacious advocate for safer communities and victims of crime and their families. From support groups and work with incarcerated individuals to scholarship funds here and abroad and building a school in Africa, Ms. Pointer leads by example. She is truly an inspiration to all who know her.

A motivational speaker, author and radio broadcaster, Ms. Pointer has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and has been featured in national magazines such as, Essence and Ebony magazine. She has made appearances around the world and has won numerous prestigious awards. Ms. Pointer has accomplished so much over the past 21 years here in the City and beyond. Her dedication to the community has positively impacted the City of Cleveland and her retirement is well deserved.

Photographer: 
Clare Walters