Deputy Mayor Lieberth to speak January 16

David Lieberth will speak at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center, about “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Local Government.”  There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

Lieberth retired in December as Akron’s deputy mayor after 10 years. He also has been a journalist, practicing lawyer, master of ceremonies and served on nonprofit boards.

Lieberth is credited with turning the Lock 3 and Lock 4 parks into big draws for hundreds of thousands of people attending downtown concerts and other events.

He began his career in the late 1960s reporting for WHLO radio, where he became news director. He graduated from law school, started his own firm and after years as a domestic relations lawyer and mediator, he became Mayor Don Plusquellic’s chief of staff in 2002.

Downtown transformation was his top priority. He told the Beacon Journal that, at the time, “Downtown was a mess…. There was nothing happening. It felt unsafe. There was nothing to bring people downtown.”

Lieberth is known for his long workdays, his aggressive style and his passion for Akron.

He now is president of the Lieberth Consulting Group, and planning to write a book about Akron’s development.



Speaker: David Lieberth, retired Akron deputy mayor, lawyer and newsman.

Time: Jan. 16; Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. Program follows.

Place: Martin Center, University of Akron, 105 Fir Hill, Akron, OH 44325.

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211, email or go to

Reservation deadline: 11 a.m. Jan. 14.





The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

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