Cleveland council honors longtime finance officer who died

Cleveland City Council members present a resolution honoring Beth Allen's life and work to her family during the Oct. 11, 2021, council meeting. Allen served in the city's finance department for nearly three decades. She passed away in September. (Dean Dyer/

The Cleveland City Council took time Monday evening to recognize and pay tribute to a long-time city employee. Laura Beth Allen worked for the City of Cleveland for 27 years as a finance officer. She passed away last month at the age of 55 following a battle with cancer.

Beth Allen

Cleveland Mayor Josh Turner read a special resolution that was approved by the council paying tribute to Allen.

The resolution honored Allen’s commitment to her job and family and recognized the “deep void of sadness” her death left in the community.

“We can never replace Beth Allen, but we will continue to improve our lives and live our lives as demonstrated by her free spirit. The Lord has accepted Beth Allen into his presence, His good and faithful servant,” Turner said.

Colleagues described Allen as an indispensable part of the city’s finance office. Several of her family members attended the October 10 city council meeting to accept the resolution honoring her.

The resolution recognizes Allen’s contributions to the City of Cleveland, her family, and the community at large. (Dean Dyer/
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