Who We Are
What We Do
What is a First Suburb?
First Suburbs are older communities adjacent to the urban core in Hamilton County. They once attracted growth and population but in many cases are now bypassed in favor of outlying communities. These areas, according to the Brookings Institution, are caught in a "policy blind spot" -- social and economic problems typical of large cities impact First Suburbs, but they lack cultural, financial, and government resources that cities use to address similar challenges.
FSC-SWO is incorporated as an Ohio 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. A seven-member executive committee directs the organization's work and Hamilton County staff provides administrative support.
Our member communities are diverse, with varying economic and demographic characteristics. What they all share is a desire to coordinate with and learn from one another how to address their challenges and opportunities.
First Suburbs Consortium member communities represent over 270,000 Hamilton County Residents.
|President:||Ruby Kinsey-Mumphrey||Mayor of Lincoln Heights|
|Vice President:||John Smith||Mayor of Silverton|
|Treasurer:||Dan Pillow||Addyston Councilmember|
|Board Members:||Tom Moeller||Madeira City Manager|
|Jim O'Reilly||City of Wyoming|
|Staff Liaison||Chris Schneider||Hamilton County Planning Services Administrator|
FSC-SWO strives to establish working relationships between our elected state officials and our member communities.
We support several federally funded programs for blight removal, business restoration and economic development, as well as in earning our fair share of the already-appropriated money that would help our communities. We also seek regular communication and discussion concerning issues relevant to first-ring communities, including but not limited to the following topics:
- The need for consistent representation and lobbying efforts in local, state and federal governments
- Declining population
- Aging residential housing
- Declining tax bases that are not meeting infrastructure maintenance needs or the provision of basic services
- Heroin, opioid and other drug epidemics
- Construction and infrastructure changes, such as new pipelines
- Ensuring First Suburb communities receive appropriate designated funds for projects and maintenance
The mission of First Suburbs Consortium of Southwest Ohio (FSC-SWO) is to initiate and promote public policies and practices that maintain the vitality of our communities, protects and redevelops mature communities, and fosters regional cooperation. The Consortium advocates:
- Public policies that do not create disposable communities
- Balanced investments in new and existing infrastructure
- Maintenance and enhancement of the tax base
- Creation of redevelopment opportunities.
FSC-SWO is an association of elected and appointed officials representing older suburban communities in Hamilton County, Ohio, known as First Suburbs.
Elected and appointed officials include, but are not limited to, individuals such as:
- Public Service Officers
- Community Development Directors
- Assistant City Managers
- City Administrators
- Council Members and Trustees
- ...and many other elected officials!
Learn more about the structure of our organization, leadership, membership and purpose in the First Suburbs Consortium By Laws.
Who Are Our Member Communities?
All of our member communities are Cincinnati's first suburban communities, or First Suburbs. Our member communities are diverse, with varying economic and demographic characteristics. First Suburbs Consortium member communities represent over 270,000 Hamilton County Residents. Explore our member communities here.
What Do We Have in Common?
All FSC-SWO members have a desire to coordinate with and learn from one another how to address their challenges and opportunities. Regardless of location or economic status, we share similar concerns of aging infrastructure, aging housing stock, lack of project funding, and various other issues.
How Do We Help?
We support several federally funded programs for blight removal, business restoration and economic development, as well as in earning our fair share of the already-appropriated money that would help our communities.
Mayor Ruby Kinsey-Mumphrey was appointed Mayor for The Village of Lincoln Heights in 2016. She is the wife of Michael T. Mumphrey; they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Her background is in Finance Accounting. Mrs. Mumphrey has been employed with H&R Block for 20 years. She is a Tax Advisor as well as an Office Manager with multiple locations she is responsible for.
Before elected to office in 2016 she was resident Chair for The Lincoln Heights Day Festival & Parade. The Mayor was appointed to The Charter Revision Committee in 2015. As a Councilmember, she was active as Finance Chair & Economic Development & Safety Committee Member. As WeThrive Ambassador for Lincoln Heights, the Mayor was active with others on the committee to apply and receive a $400.000 Grant for Safe Routes to School in 2017 for the Village of Lincoln Heights
Jim O'Reilly has been a City Council member in Wyoming since 2003 and served two years as Vice Mayor. He is on the Executive Committee of the First Suburbs Consortium of Southwest Ohio and the OKI Regional Council of Governments. Currently, he chairs a County Board and formerly chaired the county's Government Reform Task Force. Jim is a professor of public health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and has authored 52 textbooks and lectured internationally on improvement of government processes.
Mayor Daniel Pillow has been actively involved in public service for over 30 years, 20 years as the Mayor of the Village of Addyston. The Village of Addyston is a First Ring Suburb on the West side of Cincinnati; home to a resilient group of residents who work diligently to represent thriving business and housing opportunities. Mayor Pillow has served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the First Suburbs Consortium of Southwest Ohio for two years; of which he has been an active member for 10 years.
Mayor Pillow served in the US Army from 1966 to 1968 and is a Vietnam Veteran. From 1974 to 1976, he served on the Village of Addyston Council. In 1976 he was elected as Mayor. In 1985, he was elected as the Western Hamilton County Community Action Agency Representative. In 2004, he was re-elected Village Mayor and acted as such until his term ended in 2019. In 2020 he stepped down as mayor and has assumed the duties of Vice Mayor.
Dan has been married to his beautiful wife, Ann, for 54 years, who has served 3 terms on village council. They have 3 very talented children and 2 grandkids.
Mayor John Smith and his devoted wife Willa have resided in Silverton for 20 years. Together, they are the parents of ten children and 19 grandchildren. John retired from General Motors in Norwood, Ohio after twenty-five years of service. Following his retirement, he worked for the Cincinnati Public School District as a Para-professional, from which he is now retired. Currently he is employed as a family mentor at Beech Acres School in Anderson Township. John holds a BSBA degree from the University of Cincinnati, is a graduate of the DeSales School of Theology in Washington, D.C., and has attended the Athenaeum of Ohio. John states, “I have served the fine residents of Silverton for twelve years as a councilman and as vice mayor for six years. In 2005 I was elected Mayor of Silverton.” He presently serves as chairperson of the Silverton Democratic Club and is one of the executive co-chairs of the Hamilton County Democratic Party. He is also an active member of the Silverton Block Watch Association, Saint Mark Catholic Church in Evanston and the Knights of Columbus.
Tom has served local government in Southwest Ohio for 37+ years. He has held the position of City Manager of Madeira, a suburb of Cincinnati, since 1989. Prior to this appointment, he served as City Manager of Mason, Ohio from 1980 to 1989 and served as the Administrative Assistant to the City Manager in Mason from 1979 to 1980. Tom was also a member of the Xavier University faculty from 1982 to 1988 where he taught Public Budgeting and Finance in the Public Administration graduate program. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati in 1977 and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Cincinnati in 1979. Tom is a member of the International City Management Association and served as the President of Ohio City Management Association in 1985-1986. He has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Executive Boards of the Hamilton County Development Company and the Miami Valley Risk Management Association. He presently serves on the Executive Committee of the First Suburbs Consortium of Southwest Ohio and the Loan Review Committee of the Hamilton County Development Corporation. Tom is from the Cincinnati area, growing up in St. Bernard, Ohio. He presently resides in Madeira with his wife, Tracey.