Mayor Message

Media Relations Team

Melanie Crabill
Director of Media Relations
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Kevin Kilbane
Director of Communications
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News Releases

November 11, 2019

Nearly 10% of the City of Columbus workforce has served or is currently serving in the military. And I think we could argue that they are some of our very best employees because they know what it means to be mission-driven.

In Columbus, we are committed to creating a dynamic, inclusive future for all of our residents – and our employees hold that mission close to their hearts.

Chris Suel, for example, is committed to making our community stronger with his work in the Department of Neighborhoods. He does the same for our country in the Army Reserve and just returned from a year-long deployment in Syria, Iraq and Kuwait.

Stephen Snyder-Hill joined the military in 1988 and was deployed in 1990 for Operation Desert Storm.   He went into the U.S. Army reserves and was redeployed 20 years later in 2010 for Operation New Dawn.  Stephen is also a champion of LGBT equality. He wrote the book, Soldier of Change: From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement, and traveled the country with his husband, giving interviews and speaking at universities, community centers and pride parades. He has worked for 16 years in Columbus Public Health – and we are so grateful to have him among our ranks.

Helen Carte-Jordan is a familiar face to anyone who enters City Hall where she works in security. Before that, she served as a medic in the Army. Helen is getting ready to retire from the City after 23 years. We are appreciative to her commitment to our residents.

Many of our veteran employees are behind-the-scenes specialists. Jackie Jackson, for example, spent six years in the Army, and was stationed throughout Korea. She joined the City in 2003 and currently works in our mailroom.

And then there’s Zane Jones, who is the Veteran Services and ADA Coordinator for the City. He serves as a resource for both residents and city employees looking for guidance on issues facing Veterans and people living with disabilities. He has also serves in the Marine Corps Reserves, and spent 2019 deployed in the Republic of Georgia.

These are just a few of the stories of the veterans and military personnel who work to make the City of Columbus the best it can be. On this Veterans Day, I offer my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of them.