With a career spanning over forty years in public service, Former City Councilman Cecil Thomas is a proven leader for the people. Throughout his tenure in public service, he has used his faith to unite the community encouraging effective collaboration, cooperation and communication to bring about trust and peace. Cecil spent twenty-seven years as an officer with the Cincinnati Police Department and worked in every district, including all 52 Cincinnati neighborhoods.
After a successful career as a police officer, Cecil retired in 2000 to assume the Executive Directorship of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC). During the civil unrest in 2001, Cecil emerged as a leader utilizing his experience as a police officer and community leader to quell the violence. In 2005, Cecil stepped down believing he could more effectively and efficiently represent the community he vowed to protect and serve as a member of Cincinnati City Council. Cecil made the choice to run for Cincinnati City Council.
In 2014 Cecil ran for and was elected to the Ohio State Senate in the 9th District.
Cecil has been effective in his career as a police officer, community leader, City Councilman and Senator. His exemplary record speaks for itself. He is a fearless leader who uses his life experiences to produce positive outcomes for the community. Cecil is a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Sentinel Police Association, member of the Masonic Gothic Lodge 121, and serves as the Political Awareness Chairman of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the National Action Network. He has been married to Pam Thomas for over thirty years. They have four adult children and four grandchildren. They have resided in the community of North Avondale for the past thirty years. Cecil lives by the creed, “All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me.”