Interim Commissioner of Air Quality

Mayor Frank G. Jackson administered the oath of office to David G. Hearne as the City of Cleveland Interim Commissioner of Air Quality in the Department of Public Health. The ceremony was held in the Mayor’s Red Room at Cleveland City Hall.

David G. Hearne has served with the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health since 2000. He is currently the Chief of Engineering for the Division of Air Quality. In this role, he oversees the issuance of air pollution permits and regulatory compliance for more than 6,100 facilities in Cuyahoga County.

Mr. Hearne has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of research, development, risk assessment and regulatory compliance of the Clean Air Act and other local, state and federal laws. Prior to his work with the City, he was a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and worked on the development and implementations of: the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, the New Source Performance Standards, and the Control Techniques Guidelines.  

He is a member of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, and the Ohio Local Air Pollution Control Officers Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Randolph-Macon College and a master’s degree in Environmental Biology from George Mason University.  He also completed the Cleveland Management Academy curriculum at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs in 2010.

Photographer: 
Ruggero Fatica