William J. Leonard appointed Board president

William J. Leonard appointed Board president

Release date: 2/11/2020

Dean E. DePiero appointed vice president, Allyn A. Davies appointed secretary

Parma, OH – February 11, 2020 – William J. Leonard has been appointed president of the Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) Board of Trustees. Dean E. DePiero was appointed vice president and Allyn A. Davies was appointed secretary. 

CCPL is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees. Board members serve without remuneration and are responsible for promoting the highest level of public library service to the residents of the 47 communities served by CCPL.

William J. Leonard is Executive Vice President of Oswald Companies. He serves on the board of St. Edward High School, and has previously served on the Boards of the Children Aid Society and NOACA. Leonard was appointed to the CCPL Board of Trustees by the Court of Common Pleas. His term expires December 2021.

Dean E. DePiero has served as Of Counsel for McDonald Hopkins since 2005 and is currently the Law Director for the City of Aurora and Assistant Law Director/Prosecutor for Broadview Heights. He also served as the Mayor of Parma and as an Ohio State Representative. DePiero was appointed by the Cuyahoga County Executive with confirmation by the Cuyahoga County Council. His term expires in January 2024.

Allyn A. Davies is the Co-Owner of The Merrymeeting Group. She also serves on the Cuyahoga County Library Foundation Board and Cleveland Central Catholic High School Advisory Board. Davies was appointed by the Cuyahoga County Executive with confirmation by the Cuyahoga County Council. Her term expires in March 2022.

CCPL Board of Trustees members Patricia A. Shlonsky and Edward H. Blakemore were recently reappointed to the Board for additional seven-year terms.

Patricia A. Shlonsky is Partner-In-Charge of Ulmer & Berne LLP's Cleveland office and chairs the firm's Employee Benefits and Tax Practice Groups. She was appointed for a seven-year term by the Cuyahoga County Executive with confirmation by Cuyahoga County Council. Her term expires January 2027. 

Edward H. Blakemore is Assistant General Counsel at Rockwell Automation where he has primary responsibility for product liability, commercial and toxic tort litigation filed against the Fortune 500 company. He was appointed for a seven-year term by the Cuyahoga County Executive with confirmation by Cuyahoga County Council. His term expires December 2026.

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