Edward W. Rybka, Esq., has been engaged in City governance for more than 20 years. As Director of the Department of Building and Housing, Rybka oversees 174 employees and an operating budget of $11 million. The Department of Building and Housing processes and issues 20,000 construction permits annually and is responsible for the enforcement of housing and building codes.
Rybka joined the City of Cleveland Administration in May 2005 as Assistant Director of City Planning. Prior to that, he was an elected legislator.
In November 1985, Rybka was elected to Cleveland City Council and served nearly five terms as the representative of the Broadway-Slavic Village community. As a member of City Council, he chaired the City Planning Committee and the Committee on Public Parks, Recreation and Property. Rybka represented City Council on the City Planning Commission for nine years, on the Cleveland Community Relations Board, and on the Northeast Ohio Area-wide Coordinating Agency governing board.
Rybka served as President of the Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan, was active on the Board of Trustees of the former St. Alexis Hospital, and was former President of Lourexis, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that successfully developed the first affordable housing project dedicated to the elderly in the Broadway community. A member of several Polish and Czech cultural organizations, he received the Polonia Foundation Award in 1997.
A graduate of John Carroll University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Rybka began his personal involvement in community development in 1978 with the Slavic Village Development Corporation, serving as its Chairman in the early 1980s. In addition, he is a graduate of the Leadership Cleveland class of 1993.
Rybka and his wife Janine have two children, Keith and Hallie, and are members of the historic Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus Parish.
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