About Council Member Young

Council Member Wendell YoungCouncil Member Wendell Young

Councilmember Wendell Young was initially appointed to Cincinnati City Council in June of 2010, elected in 2011 and re-elected for a second term in 2013.

A lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Councilman Young decided early on to dedicate his life towards his passion for helping the community and nation. 

After graduating from Hughes High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served until being honorably discharged in January of 1967.

Upon his arrival home, Wendell began a career as a member of the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD). During this time, he held a variety of positions ranging from detective to Commander of the Police Recruiting Unit. In 1992, he retired after 25 years of service with the rank of Sergeant.

Even still, Wendell sought to continue his devotion to public service. Shortly after retiring from CPD, he accepted the position of Assistant Director of Personnel/Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for the City of Cincinnati.

His continued efforts to improve the community were recognized by U.S. Sen. Howard Metzenbaum in 1994; where he recommended Wendell to President Bill Clinton for appointment to the office of U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio.

7 years removed from CPD, Wendell returned filling the position of Assistant to the Police Academy Commander. In September of 2000, he left the Police Department to work at the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati as Training Institute Director and Diversity Manager.

Wendell later went on to teach Government and Public Administration and Law and Public Safety at Aiken College & Career High School in August of 2007.

He has been active in several community organizations, including serving as President of the Sentinel Police Association and President of the Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP. Twice, he was asked to serve as the President of the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) and is a former board member of the National Black Police Association and Cincinnati’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Since being elected to Council, he has led efforts in taxicab reform with the ongoing assistance of the Downtown Cincinnati Improvement District (DCID), consistently works to improve infant mortality rates, and local food deserts crises.

Wendell is the former chair of the Law Committee and Rules and Government Operations Committee. Currently he is an active member of the Budget and Finance, Rules and Audit, Education and Entrepreneurship, Human Services, Youth, and Arts, and Neighborhoods Committees.

He also serves on several boards including: Cradle Cincinnati (Vice Chair), Envision Learning Center, and Cincinnati Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CHCAA).

Councilmember Young lives in North Avondale with his wife Kathy.