2021 Amberley Village Council

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The Amberley Village Council consists of...

...seven members who are elected for a two-year term. Five are elected from geographic districts, and two are at-large. The Mayor is elected by the Council members.

Learn more about the Council’s committee structure via the button below.  Council also appoints a Treasurer, a Solicitor and a Clerk.  Following are the Council members serving for the elected term ending November 30, 2023:

Council Committee Structure
Mayor Thomas C. Muething
Mayor Thomas C. MuethingDistrict C
Tom is serving his sixth term on Council and fifth term as Mayor.  Tom received his BSBA in accounting from Xavier University. After 30 years working for a multinational company serving in various financial related jobs, he is now retired and enjoys golf, hiking and working in his yard.  Tom has been married to Cindy for 35 years and they have five children.
Open Seat
Open SeatDistrict B
Appointment for this open seat is expected to take place at the July meeting of Council on July 11, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
Richard Bardach
Richard BardachDistrict E
Richard is serving his sixth term on Council.  He received his BA degree in journalism from the Ohio State University, and graduated from the Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1995.  Currently, he operates his own law firm practice, The Law Offices of Richard Bardach, concentrating his practice in real estate, foreclosure, creditors’ rights and litigation.  Richard is married and enjoys taking long hikes with the family.
Ben Hunt
Ben HuntDistrict A
Ben Hunt was appointed to Council on April 12, 2021 to fill the open seat left by the passing of Councilmember Ed Hattenbach.  Ben serves on the Leadership Team at Mount Notre Dame High School in the capacity of Assistant Principal of Academic Development and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Dayton and a Master of Arts from the University of Cincinnati.  Ben was raised in Amberley Village and he and his wife are raising their family in the Village.  He is passionate about teaching history and government, and while at MND, he has been actively involved in the performing arts, program development, and veterans projects.  Outside of his professional commitments, he enjoys gardening and cooking. He holds the distinction of being the first member of Amberley Village Council to take the Oath of Office remotely via Zoom.
Keely Paul
Keely PaulMember-At-Large
Keely Paul was elected as a Member-At-Large in November of 2021. A graduate of Sycamore High School, Keely attended the University of Cincinnati in chemical engineering. She is a self-employed landlord and property manager as partner in her family business after 19 years with Procter & Gamble. Keely has been a resident of Amberley Village since 2013. Ms. Paul has been an active volunteering in the community for more than 40 years, and currently serves on the board of the Ohio Valley Ski Council. She hopes to continue Amberley Village’s commitment to its community through fiscal responsibility and strong services, and includes economic development and innovation among her priorities while in office.
Bob Rosen
Bob RosenDistrict D
Bob Rosen was elected to Council in 2021. He earned his BA degree from the University of Connecticut and a Masters Degree in City Planning from U.C. He worked for the City of Cincinnati Development Department for 7 years then spent 35 years in the financial services serving both institutions and individuals. While working he received the Certified Investment Management Analyst professional designation. Bob retired three and a half years ago as a Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Rosen has served as Treasurer and Board Chair for Jewish Vocational Service, Golf Manor Synagogue, Cedar Village Nursing Home and the Cincinnati Hebrew Day School. He is currently active on the Board of the Jewish Vocational Service Foundation, Jewish Home of Cincinnati, CYJL Advisory Committee of the Jewish Federation and the Indian Hill Winter Club. He enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities including hiking, backpacking, camping, and rafting, and is also an avid hockey player. Bob is married to his wife Cynthia, and has two married daughters, Jennifer and Rachel, and four grandchildren.

Jay Shatz
Jay ShatzMember-At-Large
Jay Shatz was elected to Council in 2021. He works for the Leadership Council of Nonprofits as director of its leadership training, called BOLD, which prepares community members to serve on nonprofit boards. He and his husband Stan have lived in Amberley since May, 2005. Jay is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who spent 11 years at WCPO-TV before leaving the station to start a production company that created lifestyle programming for HGTV and DIY Networks. Their popular home improvement show “Desperate Landscapes” helped transform several Amberley and Pleasant Ridge front yards during the course of production.
Jay is immediate past Board Chair of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio in addition to serving as Chair of the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati. A native of the northside of Chicago and lifelong Cubs fan, Jay is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.