DSG’s Doug Moormann selected Mayor of Madeira

Mayor Moormann details plans for term

On December 1, I had the honor of being selected as the 41st Mayor of Madeira. I thank the voters and my colleagues on Council for placing their confidence in me.

The City of Madeira is a city of nearly 10,000 people and consistently ranked among the top communities in Ohio.  It’s known for its high-quality schools, strong neighborhood feel and exceptionally convenient location.  

Madeira has momentum. We are in the midst of renovating a re-imagined McDonald Commons Park, the primary park in our community, to serve the next generation of residents. Miami Avenue is being reconstructed to increase safety, improve the pedestrian experience, and increase the vitality of our neighborhood business district. Preliminary work has begun on a roundabout at Galbraith and Miami to improve safety and traffic flow at this misaligned and dangerous intersection. Our purpose must be to execute well on these projects and lay the foundation for continued success.

That foundation will include attention to the budget and preservation of the city’s AA+ credit rating. Our public safety and services are second to none and I am committed to providing our police, fire fighters and public works with the tools they need to effectively do their jobs and serve our community.

The “what” we will do is important, but equally important is the “how” we do it. When assuming the responsibilities of Mayor, I shared with my colleagues my expectation that our meetings be conducted in a respectful and civil manner. We have a talented, committed team on Council, and I expect nothing less – but I also continue to see other government bodies devolving into gridlock because some people refuse to compromise, pursue a “win-at-cost” agenda and choose chaos over governing.

My goal is for our “how” to be a good example of governing. Disagreeing without being disagreeable. We can challenge spending priorities and debate policy while remaining colleagues, neighbors, and friends. We can and should be an example of an effective, civil, functioning government capable of making decisions, meeting timelines, and balancing a budget.

I plan to look back in two years, at the end of my term, and celebrate not only our successes but how we achieved them.

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Anne C. Sesler

Director of Public Affairs

Anne Sesler brings more than twenty years’ experience in public affairs consulting to Government Strategies Group. Anne works with local elected officials, state legislators, reporters and community leaders on behalf of corporate and non-profit clients developing community outreach and engagement strategies, conducts media relations, builds grassroots support for projects, and conducts communication with stakeholders and legislators.

Anne lends her public policy and political communication experience beyond GSG to her role as Vice Chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party. Over the years, she’s offered political counsel to both state and local campaigns, including Preschool Promise, Ohio Jobs and Growth (the casino ballot initiative), United for Jobs and Ohio’s Future (Third Frontier), and many others. Anne lives in Mt. Lookout with her husband, Bryan.

Focus areas: 

  • Local government relations
  • Coalition building
  • Media relations and communications
  • Crisis communications

Driven by:

  • Making Cincinnati a better place for all

In the community:

  • Leadership Cincinnati Class 47
  • Cincinnati Planning Commission member
  • Lunken Airport Oversight and Advisory Board Chair
  • Cincinnati Democratic Committee Co-Chair
  • Hamilton County Democratic Party, Vice Chair
  • Mt. Lookout Community Council member

Charles “Chip” Gerhardt

President & CEO

Chip Gerhardt has made government affairs, economic development, and issue advocacy his life’s work. He’s worked for decades in the public and private sectors, and advocated at the local, state, and federal levels of government. In 2007, he used that experience to found Government Strategies Group, a full-service government relations firm. At GSG, he works directly with clients, helping them navigate the complicated intersection of politics, public policy, and business.

In his many years in public policy, Chip has been involved in significant policies including; creation of tax increment financing districts, the Clean Ohio program, Cincinnati City Center Development Corporation, and most importantly, the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. He has also been at the forefront of some of the biggest developments in Greater Cincinnati, including the Horseshoe (now Hard Rock) Casino, TQL Stadium for FC Cincinnati, parking garage structures at The Banks, and the redevelopment of the @580 building. Rarely is there a public policy endeavor in Cincinnati that does not involve GSG.

Chip received his B.B.A in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from the St. Louis University School of Law. He lives in Anderson Township with his wife Jane. Son Charlie is a local chef and children Hank and Anne have completed their education and started lives of their own.

Focus areas:

  • State and local government relations
  • Economic development
  • Issue advocacy

Driven by:

  • A lifelong interest in the political system has driven Chip to a career in public policy and politics. As a parent of three, one with Down syndrome, has compelled him to promote public policies designed to help others. Whether it is enabling financial independence for people with disabilities, advancing funding for housing families facing homelessness, or assisting with economic development projects, Chip involves himself in things that make a positive difference. 

In the community:

  • Hamilton County Board of Elections member
  • Current Board Member for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, People Working Cooperatively, Corporation for Findlay Market, goVibrant, and the African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Chairman of the Board for the National Down Syndrome Society
  • Former board member of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Magazine’s 300 of the Region’s Most Powerful Business Leaders, 2021-2022
  • Cincy Magazine Power 100, 2011-2022