Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval to Take Two-Week Paternity Leave After Birth of Second Child

"It is important to me to set an example for other expectant fathers," Pureval says.

click to enlarge Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval celebrates catching a foul ball during the Cincinnati Reds' home opener at Great American Ball Park on April 12, 2022. - Photo: facebook.com/aftabforohio
Photo: facebook.com/aftabforohio
Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval celebrates catching a foul ball during the Cincinnati Reds' home opener at Great American Ball Park on April 12, 2022.

Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval is having a big week.

The stork has arrived as the mayor celebrates his first 100 days in office. Pureval announced April 14 that his family has gained a second son, Ramis Whitis Karma Pureval. Pureval said on his social media accounts that baby Ramis joins Pureval's and Dr. Whitney Whitis' other son Bodhi, who is two years old.

Pureval shared the news on April 14 but did not specify if Ramis was born on that day. Pureval said he would take two weeks of paternity leave to be with his family. He noted that Cincinnati city employees may take up to six weeks of paid leave.

"Paid leave is so critical for all our families. It's been proven to boost employee morale and retention, improve outcomes for children, and increase gender equity at home and in the workplace," Pureval said in his social media posts. "Although I will only be clearing my calendar for two weeks, it is important to me to set an example for other expectant fathers and to support my family during this time."

The mayor said that he would be in touch with his administration during the paternity leave and would also be available for urgent matters. Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, vice mayor for Cincinnati, would preside over upcoming Cincinnati City Council meetings. Pureval also said that his schedule would be reduced for 10 weeks following his return to the office.

In social posts shared on April 15, Pureval said that members of his staff would helm his social media accounts and will post updates about "policies, community events and other City matters" while the mayor is away from the office.
Pureval was sworn in on Jan. 4 as Cincinnati's first new mayor in eight years as well as the city's first Asian-American mayor. During the April 13 Cincinnati City Council meeting, Pureval reflected on what his administration and the largely turned-over council had accomplished in their first 100 days, including big steps on housing, environmental justice, business and overall equity.

The mayor attended the Cincinnati Reds' home opener against the Cleveland Guardians on April 12 and caught a foul ball.

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