Chief of Regional Development

Edward W. Rybka, Esq., has been engaged in City government for nearly thirty years. After serving as Councilman representing the Broadway Avenue - Slavic Village area of the City for approximately twenty years, Mayor Frank G. Jackson appointed Ed Rybka Director of the Department of Building and Housing for the City of Cleveland in 2006. As Director of the Department, Rybka focused on remediating the thousands of vacant, abandoned and often blighted properties that flooded the neighborhoods of the City. In addition, efficiencies were implemented to improve the predictability and quality of the construction project plan review and permitting business processes of the Department. In April 2014, Ed Rybka commenced a two month appointment as the Acting Planning Director for the City.

In July of 2014, Mayor Frank G. Jackson appointed Ed Rybka Chief of Regional Development. This position reports directly to the Mayor and is responsible for managing staff and providing leadership to several City departments including Building and Housing, City Planning, Community Development, Economic Development and Port Control which includes Cleveland’s airports.

As Chief of Regional Development, Rybka advances Mayor Jackson’s vision for regional development issues and advises the Mayor on project development downtown and in the neighborhoods.

In his nearly three decades of public service, Rybka also served as President of the Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan; President of Lourexis Inc., an affordable elderly housing complex; and Trustee of the former St. Alexis Hospital.

Rybka is a graduate of John Carroll University; Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 1993.

Rybka and his wife, Janine, who is the Executive Administrator of the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, are parents to two children, Keith and Hallie. Ed and Jan reside at historic Moreland Courts in Cleveland’s Shaker Square Neighborhood.