Eileen Y. Paley
(Chair: Public Service & Transportation; and Public Utilities Committees)
Committee Member of: Finance; Health & Human Services; Administration; Public Safety & Judiciary; and Rules & Reference Committees.
Paley has served on Columbus City Council since January 2009. An attorney with
over two decades’ experience in private practice, Councilmember Paley brings to
her public service a comprehensive understanding of the law, and firsthand
experience with the challenges facing small business owners.
chair of the Public Service & Transportation Committee, Councilmember Paley
works with the Department of Public Service to ensure that a variety of
services are provided to meet Columbus residents’ transportation safety needs
and improve the overall quality of life in our community. As chair of the Public Utilities Committee,
Councilmember Paley supports the city’s mission to provide safe, reliable
services – sanitary sewer, water, and electricity – to our residents at the
lowest possible cost and with the least possible environmental impact. She is particularly
proud to support and raise awareness for the Department of Public Utilities’
numerous programs and efforts to assist lower income residents.
Chair Paley’s leadership, her committees have passed legislation to provide
citywide curbside recycling; resurface or rehabilitate bridges, streets, and
alleys across the city; increase bike route and shared path mileage in Columbus
and Franklin County; and upgrade water treatment processes to ensure the
continued delivery of safe and clean water to residents.
after beginning her service on Council, Councilmember Paley helped lead the city’s
partnership with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the Common Pleas
and Municipal Courts, the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, the Public
Defender’s Office, the Franklin County Sherriff’s office, and ADAMH to
establish two specialty dockets in the Municipal Court: the Solicitation
Program and the Addiction Program. The dockets provide fair and adequate
treatment responses to non-violent defendants who exhibit histories of alcohol,
chemical dependence, or solicitation.
to assuming office, Councilmember Paley served as a commissioner for the
Columbus Civil Service Commission. She has served on numerous boards of
directors and held leadership positions with many organizations, including the
Greater Columbus Arts Council; the Neighborhood House; the National Council of
Jewish Women; Dynamic Leadership, Inc.; the Columbus Area Labor Management
Committee; and the Legal Task Force of the Columbus Coalition Against Family
Councilmember Paley is a
proud graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. She holds a Juris Doctorate from
Capital University Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The
Ohio State University. She lives on the Far East Side of Columbus with her
husband, Brian. In her free time, Councilmember Paley enjoys spending time with
her large immediate and extended families.