The Independence Building Department oversees commercial and residential permits needed to do work on homes or businesses in the City.
Communication and Media
Part of the Mayor's Office, the Communications and Public Engagement team facilitates communication between the City and citizens to foster a more productive, mutually beneficial relationship, increasing citizen involvement and input in all areas of the City's operations.
Communication and Media
One of our major goals for the City of Independence is to provide timely and up to date information for our residents, business operators and other stakeholders. We provide alerts, updates, and useful information from various resources within the city via Mayor Kurtz's Weekly Update email, social media, the bi-monthly Community Spotlight and monthly Independence Post. Members of the media should contact Communications Director Alla Lora at 216.379.8757 for any requests for interviews or other information.
The Community Services Department offers a variety of educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and activities.
The Economic Development Department provides businesses with the resources necessary to be successful in Independence.
The Engineering Department is responsible for the plan review and construction inspection of major commercial and residential infrastructure projects as well as new home construction.
The operations of the City's Finance Department ensure that there is a careful and accurate accounting of monies budgeted for each department and that all State and regulatory guidelines are met.
The Independence Fire Department consists of Fire Chief Steve Rega, Assistant Chief Jim Wheeler, three Fire Lieutenants, and a Fire Prevention Lieutenant. There are three shifts of fire fighters, an administrative assistant, and ten part-time firefighters filling in as needed to maintain staffing on a daily basis. The IFD station houses three squads, two engines, a ladder truck, a brush truck, and staff vehicles.
The City of Independence is known as the "Heart of Cuyahoga County" and a premier community in which to live, work, and raise a family. The City is pleased to provide a competitive, comprehensive benefits program to serve the needs of our full-time employees and their families. We also have a variety of seasonal opportunities throughout the year.
The men and women of the Independence Police Department are dedicated to protecting life and property and providing professional law enforcement services to those who live, work, and travel through our community.
Parks and Recreation
The Independence Recreation Department offers Independence residents of all ages a full range of programs and activities throughout our multiple facilities in beautiful Elmwood Park.
The Independence Service Department is responsible for rubbish and recycling collection, composting, sewers, snowplowing, road maintenance and repairs, signs and mailboxes, leaf pickup, landscaping in right-of-ways, and more.