Michelle Baxter moved into North Avondale in the fall of 2004 and got elected to the NANA Board in 2006. She served for consecutive 4 years as: Recording Secretary (2 years) 3rd Vice President (1 year), 1st Vice President (1 year). She also chaired the Landlord Accountability Committee which later became the Law & Safety Committee. After being termed out, most Board Members stop volunteering for NANA but not Michelle. She continued chairing Law & Safety and being a voting member of the Board for a total of 11 1/2 year until she moved from North Avondale in the fall of 2017. Some highlights of her volunteer efforts with North Avondale:
- Helped create the Landlord Accountability Ordinance and later fought for it to be enforced
- Testified, more times than one could count, in front of City Council and numerous Council Committees
- Attended copious meetings with Councilmembers and their staff, State, County and Federal elected officials, landlords and tenants.
- Worked with other communities’ volunteers and the Xavier University Criminal Justice Department to improve safety in our city
- She worked with so many Police Officers, Detectives, District Captains and even Police Chiefs
- Was on Cincinnati Citizens on Patrol 2007 to 2012
- Citizens Police Academy Alumni
- Received an award in 2008 by the Cincinnati Police for Volunteer Programs and recognized for “Dedicated Service for North Avondale.”
- Was instrumental in getting the grant to place cameras along Reading Road and assisted in their placement
- Co-chaired Luminary for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
- Did logistics for July 4 Parade, Labor Day Parade, Party In The Park
Her Goal was to make North Avondale a safe place to live for everyone who lived here, but most importantly for individuals who had landlords that didn’t keep their properties safe or clean, to do so.
Here are some comments from people who worked with her over the years:
- Michelle, Thank you for working hard and making a difference in so many people’s lives. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
Commissioner Chris Monzel
- Thanks for sharing this news. Michelle Baxter will be missed. Please find the quote below from Vice Mayor Smitherman:
Michelle Edwards, Chief Of Staff
- We will miss Michelle Baxter’s leadership in North Avondale. She was a great advocate for keeping all of us safe and holding landlords accountable.”
Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman.
- The Cincinnati Police Department and more specifically District Four would like to take an opportunity to say THANK YOU to Michelle Baxter for all she did for the residents of North Avondale through the years. It has been such a pleasure to work with her and the Safety Committee. Although I only had the pleasure to work with Michelle for a short time, her passion and tireless work to keep residents informed and safe was very invigorating for all of us at District Four. I personally learned so much from Michelle about City Ordinances and other neighborhood services that other District Four communities have now benefited as a result of her knowledge. Michelle was not only a great advocate for North Avondale, she was a huge supporter of the Cincinnati Police Department and its officers. No matter the request, Michelle was always there for District Four and we appreciate her and her family dearly for their support. The entire District Four police family embraces Michelle and would like her to know that she will always be a valued member of our family. We wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.
Thanks Michelle we’ll miss you,
Captain Martin Mack, District Four Commander
and your District Four Police Family
- I had the pleasure to work with Michelle during a few stints in my career when I was assigned to District Four. I was always inspired by Michelle’s dedication and activism for the North Avondale community. She truly cared about the safety and quality of life of her neighbors.Michelle was always in tune with events happening in and around North Avondale. She understood the concept of community partnerships. Every neighborhood in the city would benefit from having a Michelle Baxter in their community. She will be missed.
Captain Paul Broxterman
Current District Three Commander
Former District Four Commander
- It was an honor to work with Michelle Baxter as Law and Public Safety Chair and on NANA events. Michelle established an amazing rapport with police leadership and leadership at City Hall. She would quickly respond to neighborhood concerns and work with the City to develop the appropriate resolution. With respect to NANA events (Labor Day Parade, Party in the Park and Luminary [not a NANA sponsored event], Michelle was able to work swiftly through the government bureaucracy in order to obtain the appropriate permits for each event. Additionally, she and her husband graciously donated sand for the Luminary event and tents for events. I miss Michelle but wish she and her family best!
Immediate Past NANA President
- Michelle should have been a detective the way she noticed and remembered every detail. She was relentless in getting things accomplished. Though I may not miss our 1 a.m. phone calls when something was going on in the neighborhood, I will most certainly miss her and the reassurance in knowing she was watching over the neighborhood. Thank you for all your years of service for us!