From left, in back, are State Rep. Cecil Thomas, Deb Carney, Peg Moertl and Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney; Rochelle Thompson, in front. Photo provided


City leaders and state reps honor Rochelle Thompson for 30 years of impactful public service in Cincinnati. Learn about her significant contributions and current role as Training Manager for the City's Water Works department!

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On a cold wintery day in January, where the temperature was 12 degrees and people had the option to stay home and watch the football playoff games, state and city leaders, private sector executives, retirees and about 50 other people came to honor and celebrate a long-term (30 years) public servant, Rochelle Thompson on her birthday.聽

All speakers (shown in the photograph) made remarkable statements concerning Thompson鈥檚 impact on the great city of Cincinnati. State Rep. Cecil Thomas spoke highly about the information he received concerning inclusion and mentioned that when he served on City Council, 鈥淩ochelle was my go-to person.鈥 Peg Moertl mentioned that the housing projects Thompson oversaw received various awards. Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney spoke about Thompson鈥檚 fiction book Full Pockets and how it sounded so real, and then she actively engaged the audience as she read the proclamation from Mayor Aftab Pureval. Deb Carney, Thompson鈥檚 friend and mentor, spoke personally about Thompson and her family. Not pictured, LaTonya Springs, Thompson鈥檚 sister, gave a humorous roast.聽

At the height of Thompson鈥檚 career in local government, she managed the Office of Contract Compliance under City Manager Milton Dohoney overseeing the economic inclusion efforts of the Banks Project as well as selecting the national consultant to conduct the City鈥檚 Disparity Study. Prior to Thompson鈥檚 role in economic inclusion, she served as the City鈥檚 project manager over its HOPE VI efforts, in partnership with Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, to revitalize two former public housing communities 鈥 Lincoln Court and Laurel Homes 鈥 into a mixed-income community, City West. City West abuts the FC Cincinnati Stadium. Thompson was responsible for managing the City鈥檚 $15 million dollar investment.聽

Thompson currently serves as the Training Manager for the City鈥檚 department of Water Works where she conducts leadership development, designs and facilitates soft-skill workshops, manages professional staff, and forwards a learning culture. 

Thompson is also the founder of Link Communications, LLC, a business communications, consulting and publishing company.聽

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