CLIFFTON TOWN HALL - 1881
MEET CLIFFTON'S MAYOR
Charlotte Cliff was elected Mayor of Cliffton,
Ohio in November of 1988 running as an Independent candidate with support
that ranged throughout the community-- from the Cliffton Chapter of Americans
For Family Values to the leadership of the Cliffton Gay and Lesbian Coalition.
Now, as then, she strives to unite the citizens of this community in order
to maintain the standard of the "Cliff Social Contract" initiated
by her ancestor, Clifford Cliff, when he founded Cliff College and Township
Mayor Cliff has spent almost all of her life here in Cliffton, having graduated
from Cliffton High School in 1969 and Cliff College in 1973 with a degree
in Political Science. She has stated that her passion for the possibilities
of true democracy was probably a genetic tendency, given her family history,
but was certainly brought to life during the spring and summer she spent in Greece, the cradle
of Democracy, in 1970. She had always planned on continuing her studies
abroad, but, following the tragic death of her twin brother, Clifford Cliff
V, and his wife in 1978, Charlotte devoted herself to raising their twin
children, Carly and Clifford Cliff VI, and to the community of Cliffton.
In 1982, Charlotte acquired and renovated the Cliffton
Cinema. In 1984, she won the seat on the Cliffton Council from which
she waged her now legendary campaign for community involvement in the Cliffton
schools. Her plan for cooperation between the private sector and the school
district has led to the enormous success of Cliffton's students and has
become a paradigm for such efforts in communities throughout the nation.
In 1990, she was recognized by President Bush as a "Thousand Points of Light
Mayor Cliff hopes to continue her work for her beloved hometown as its elected
leader for many years to come and invites people from all over America and
the world to come and see what she's so proud of.