My partner, Matt, and I are thrilled to welcome our baby daughter, Margaret Rose Hagan, into the world. She arrived at 3:39 p.m. Aug. 6. Mom, baby and dad are doing great.
I plan on taking 12 weeks of maternity leave, during which Law Director Brian Corrigan will serve as acting mayor. Being only the second female mayor in Lakewood, this is an exciting first for our community. I’m proud to be an example to young women that you can be both focused on a career and family simultaneously.
In terms of the city, it’s business as usual at city hall. I’m available and just a few blocks away. I’ve been in contact already with my chief of staff, law director and other directors. So when you need something from Lakewood government, we’re available.
I’m very excited about the investments the City is making at Madison Park, and the fact that we were able to quickly and creatively meet many of the community’s immediate goals.
I make it a point to listen to what our residents and taxpayers see as key priorities. This year, people have made it clear that additional resources were needed at Madison Park as soon as possible. I was able to work with my directors and our city team to find and repurpose resources and move quickly to implement those improvements to the park this year while we develop a future long term strategic plan for the rest of the park.
A paid parental leave policy for city employees will benefit our community. This policy—nearly universal among other developed nations—is positive for families. It will also help Lakewood attract and retain the talent necessary for high quality services, as more Ohio employers begin introducing parental leave benefits.
Paid parental leave is also more than a benefit, however. I have worked throughout my time at City Hall to adopt this policy because it is an important commitment to equality and fairness.
From the moment people are born in this world, giving birth to another generation is ruled out for half, by biological reality. Society’s entire future relies on most women giving birth. We need to acknowledge our collective dependence on that, and provide paid leave specifically for birth and recovery, rather than treat them like things everyone may go through. The leave available to those who will never give birth is just not adequate for those who do.
I appreciate the support from City Council which has at last made this policy possible, after years of work.