Council President Hardin Issues Statement on the Retirement of Councilmember Mitchell J. Brown at the End of 2021
Columbus, OH] – The following statement regarding the retirement of Councilmember Mitchell J. Brown can be attributed in full, or in part, to Council President Shannon G. Hardin:
"Councilmember Mitchell J. Brown is a living legend in the realm of public service and public safety. From traumatic experiences early in life, he went forth to serve our nation in Vietnam, and, upon returning home, he helped create the modern EMS service in Pittsburgh with Freedom House Ambulance. He continued honing and improving public safety systems in Cleveland and Columbus, and he served the State of Ohio under two Governors. Through it all, his humility and patience left every person he touched better off. During his six years on City Council, he mentored me and countless others. His work to help residents age in place with dignity, add resources for veterans, modernize the Division of Fire and increase minority recruitment and guidance on reimagining public safety in the Division of Police will all impact residents' quality of life for a generation to come.
"I want to specifically applaud his commitment to innovation in the Division of Fire, which ties back to his earliest years and most recently led to our expansion of the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit. 'Service above self' truly exemplifies how Mitchell J. Brown lives his life. Thank you for your service."