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Lakewood City Council

As the legislative arm of Lakewood City government, the chief function of City Council is the making of laws.


Lakewood operates under a City Charter that provides for a Mayor/Council form of government and designates City Council as the legislative branch of Lakewood’s city government. Seven council members (3 at-large and 1 for each of the city’s four wards) hold meetings in open public forums on the first and third Monday of every month (recess in August) at 7:30 P.M. in the City Hall auditorium. Council members serve four-year staggered terms.

L to R: Jason Shachner, John Litten, Sarah Kepple, Dan O’Malley, Tess Neff, Tristan Rader and Tom Bullock

A Citizen’s Guide to Lakewood City Council, meeting dockets, minutes and referrals are available to the public by calling (216) 529-6055, visiting the Council offices at Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Avenue, or by email.

Receive information about meeting dates and times 24 hours a day by calling the Lakewood Legislative Information Line at (216) 529-6055.


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    August 9, 2021


    Click here to read the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Proclamation-Notice of Primary Elections.

    July 28, 2021

    Lakewood City Council seeks new members for Anti-Racism Task Force

    Lakewood City Council is seeking new members to join the City’s Anti-Racism Task Force.

    A successful applicant should be comfortable having candid conversations about race, demonstrate an understanding of systemic racism and have previous experience engaging in social justice issues, advocacy efforts, and/or community outreach.

    Established in 2020, the Anti-Racism Task Force is a diverse group of 11 residents who work with the City to ensure that the value of anti-racism is foundational and unambiguously expressed in all city objectives such as safety, housing, education, culture, and community wellness.

    The Task Force meets in the evening on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Service on this task force is voluntary without pay. Additional information about the Anti-Racism Task Force, including agendas and minutes, are located on the City’s website at: 

    Applicants may email a résumé and cover letter OR application for consideration to Lakewood City Council c/o the Clerk of Council at The deadline for applications is Monday August 30th at 5:00 p.m.

    February 17, 2021

    Lakewood City Council seeks applicants to serve on Local Board of Tax Review

    Lakewood City Council is seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Local Board of Tax Review.

    The Local Board of Tax Review hears appeals from taxpayers appealing their income tax obligations to the City. The Local Board of Tax Review meets as needed and performs a necessary due process function for residents. A detailed description of the Board can be found in Section 128.18 of the Lakewood Codified Ordinances.

    A successful applicant should be eager to engage with the community and advise the local government. Board members must be residents and must not be City contractors now or in the previous five years. This position is voluntary without pay.

    Two two-year terms are available effective January 1, 2021.

    Applicants are asked to email a Board and Commission application and any other supporting documentation for consideration to Lakewood City Council c/o the Clerk of Council at

    Deadline for applications is Thursday February 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

    October 19, 2020


    Click here to read the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Proclamation of Election.


    August 21, 2020


    On Monday August 17th, Lakewood City Council unanimously adopted legislation to create the city’s newest public park. The park, now known as Bernice Pyke Park, is located on six parcels of land between Belle Ave. and St. Charles Ave. north of Detroit Ave., commonly referred to as St. Charles Green.

    Over the years, residents have enjoyed using the space for recreation and approached their councilmembers about preserving and protecting the land for this purpose. Councilmember At Large Tristan Rader was listening. “After hosting a well-attended community meeting and circulating a survey, the feedback was nearly unanimous that residents wanted this land protected as a park,” said Rader. In response to the feedback, Mr. Rader led the charge at City Hall to see to it that the area received attention and improvements including adding benches and trees and remediating construction materials to make the area safe and more inviting.

    After considering many potential names for the new park, Councilmembers Rader, Shachner, and Neff proposed to name it after Bernice Pyke, Lakewood’s own pioneering suffragist of the 20th century who played a critical role in securing the vote for Lakewood women in 1917 and then for all American women in 1920. In addition to her role as leader in the suffragist movement, Ms. Pyke achieved many “firsts” for women’s rights including being the first woman to run for mayor of Lakewood and the first woman to serve as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

    The park was officially dedicated Bernice Pyke Park in a small ceremony on Tuesday August 18th which also marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, granting women the right to vote. John Pyke, the grandson of Bernice Pyke was present to make remarks and accept the ceremonial resolution dedicating the park.

    At the ceremony, Mayor Meghan George expressed her enthusiasm for the new park and its namesake. “Because of Lakewood’s population density, our public green space is of great importance to our residents. I am delighted to add this new park to our collection of high-quality public spaces and thrilled that it will pay homage to Bernice Pyke, a true Lakewood heroine,” said Mayor George.

    As with all its parks, the City of Lakewood intends to maintain and make incremental improvements to the park. Any significant improvements or redesign will be informed by public input.

    For more information: Contact Councilmember At Large Tristan Rader 440-315-2852.

    March 19, 2020

    Lakewood City Council Takes Steps To Ensure Public Input At Emergency Meeting

    In order to ensure the active participation of the public at tonight’s Emergency Council meeting, councilmembers have provided the following personal contact information to receive public comment before and during the meeting.

    This evening, Council and the Mayor’s administration will be reviewing Ordinance 08-2020, which authorizes the Mayor to use flexibility to pay employees, continue to pay for benefits, to provide for paid leave, and to make decisions of an emergency nature if significant numbers of councilmembers cannot be present during the current COVID-19 crisis.

    Lakewood City Hall is currently closed to the public due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. Nevertheless, members will field public comment via phone calls prior to the meeting and emails/text messages will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be live streamed and available for viewing at 5 p.m. at

    Tom Bullock –
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    Dial in: 712-451-0266
    Passcode: 217060#

    John Litten –

    Sarah Kepple –

    Tess Neff –

    Jason Shachner –

    Tristan Rader –

    March 4, 2020

    Click here to read Cuyahoga County’s proclamation and notice of election.

    January 15, 2020

    Lakewood City Council Announces Process for Appointing At-Large Council Member 

    Lakewood, OH – In a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday January 13th, Lakewood City Council decided on a process and timeline for appointing an at-large councilmember to the currently vacant position. The position became vacant January 1st when former at-large councilmember Meghan George assumed the role of mayor, to which she was elected in the November 5th General Election. Council began seeking applicants on December 4th, shortly after the vacancy became evident.

    The process and timeline is as follows:

    Date Meeting Purpose
    Thursday Jan. 23rd @ 5:00 p.m. N/A Application deadline
    Monday Jan. 27th @ 6:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole Initial review of applications
    Saturday Feb. 1st 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole Candidate interviews
    Monday Feb. 3rd  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Committee of the Whole Candidate interviews
    Monday February 10th @ 6:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole Deliberation
    Tuesday February 18th @ 7:30 p.m. General Meeting Appointment

    Article 2.2 of the Third Amended Charter of the City of Lakewood stipulates that each member of council must be both a resident and registered voter of the city for at least one year immediately prior to taking office and shall continue to be a resident and registered voter of the city.

    Interested and qualified individuals may submit a cover letter and resume to Lakewood City Council c/o the Clerk of Council, 12650 Detroit Road, Lakewood, OH 44107, or by email to


    January 7, 2020

    Lakewood City Council Elects New Leadership 

    Pictured (L to R): Tess Neff, Jason Shachner, John Litten and Dan O’Malley

    Lakewood, OH – Last night, at its first meeting of the year, Lakewood City Council unanimously elected Ward 4 Councilmember Dan O’Malley as President and Ward 3 Councilmember John Litten as Vice President. President O’Malley and Vice President Litten were first elected to office in November 2015. In a brief ceremony prior to the meeting, each took the oath of office to begin their second term. They were joined by newly elected councilmembers Jason Shachner (Ward 2) and Tess Neff (Ward 1).

    “I am honored and grateful to my colleagues for their confidence in me,” O’Malley said. “I am looking forward to working with council and the administration on the big issues facing our city, and I’ll continue fighting for our residents at city hall.”

    As Ward 4 representative, President O’Malley represents some of Lakewood’s most diverse and historic neighborhoods, including Birdtown, Rockport, and the Gold Coast. Before joining City Council, he served on Lakewood’s Citizens Advisory Commission and remains active in numerous civic and community organizations. President O’Malley has spent his career working in the labor movement, and currently serves as an official with the North Shore AFL-CIO.

    Remarking on his election to Vice President, Mr. Litten stated, “I am very thankful for the opportunity to be Council Vice President and look forward to working with my colleagues to continue moving Lakewood forward.”

    As Ward 3 representative, Vice President Litten’s priorities are responsiveness to residents, safety, fiscal and environmental sustainability and service to others, especially through block clubs and linking residents with each other for the sake of community. Among other volunteer service to the community, John started his own block club and has dedicated himself to having a block club on every street in ward 3. John has also spent his career in non-profit, social service leadership roles ranging from environmental recreation to persons with disabilities to emergency assistance to people in need.

    For more information about Lakewood City Council please visit

    December 4, 2019

    Lakewood City Council is seeking applicants for the At-Large Council seat soon to be vacated by Councilmember Meghan George. Councilmember George will resign effective January 1, 2020 to assume the responsibilities of the Office of Mayor to which she has been elected. The candidate appointed to the position is expected to serve the remainder of the term, which expires December 31, 2021.

    Article 2.2 of the Third Amended Charter of the City of Lakewood stipulates that each member of council must be both a resident and registered voter of the city for at least one year immediately prior to taking office and shall continue to be a resident and registered voter of the city.

    Interested and qualified individuals may submit a cover letter and resume to the Clerk of Council, 12650 Detroit Road, Lakewood, OH 44107, or by email to Applications will be accepted until further notice. An application deadline and appointment process will be outlined by the 2020 City Council, which will convene for its first meeting on January 6, 2020.

    November 7, 2019

    HELP WANTED: Lakewood City Council seeks applicants for Boards & Commissions

    Lakewood City Council is seeking volunteers ready to engage with the community and advise their local government. The following opportunities are available:

    • Two vacancies on the Audit Committee
    • One vacancy on the Board of Zoning Appeals
    • One vacancy on the Human Rights Commission

    The Audit Committee meets on a quarterly basis with the City’s Finance Director and Council’s Finance Committee to provide independent review and oversight of the City’s financial processes. Members should be capable of reviewing financial statements and reports and serve as an independent forum to report fraud to the auditor. Two two-year terms are available effective January 1, 2020.

    The Board of Zoning Appeals meets on the third Thursday of each month to hear and decide all appeals made for variances to the Zoning Code. One five-year term is available beginning January 1, 2020.

    The Human Rights Commission meets infrequently as-needed to ensure that Lakewood Codified Ordinances Chapter 516 Discrimination Prohibited is enforced. Chapter 516 protects citizens from discrimination in areas such as employment, housing, education, and public accommodation.

    Additional information about these boards and commissions are located in the Lakewood Codified Ordinances, the Third Amended Charter of the City of Lakewood, and on the City’s website at:

    Applicants are asked to email or deliver a cover letter and résumé for consideration to the Clerk of Council by Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

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    For more information, please contact Maureen Bach, Clerk of Council, at (216) 529-6053.

    Clerk of Council Maureen Bach

    Mail/Deliver: Maureen Bach
    Clerk of Council
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio  44107


    September 26, 2019

    Cell phone use while driving will be a primary offense unless hands-free

    LAKEWOOD, OH – On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, Lakewood City Council unanimously adopted legislation to ban the use of cell phones and other electronic wireless communication devices while driving to make Lakewood streets safer for all drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. The Ordinance, Ordinance 5-19, goes into effect 90 days from passage. The legislation also elevates cell phone-related offenses from secondary to primary, meaning that an officer does not need to identify an accompanying traffic violation in order to issue a ticket. Under the ordinance, an officer may charge a first offender with a minor misdemeanor and issue a $150 fine. The new ordinance substantially strengthens the City’s existing law, which pertains only to texting and does not address the broad range of other phone-related tasks which frequently distract drivers.

    Each year nearly 4,000 Americans are killed and close to 400,000 are injured annually in accidents involving distracted drivers. Because drivers don’t always admit to distracted driving, the actual numbers of injuries and deaths is estimated to be much higher.

    Council President O’Leary was moved to propose the ban after hearing from many residents about near misses with distracted drivers and experiencing the same himself. “On balance, this is a really important step to make our community safer,” he said. What we need in our society with respect to using a cell phone while driving, is a cultural shift the same way that we had to confront the dangers of drinking and driving. And actually, all the data suggests that the dangers of cell phone use while driving is on par with the dangers of drinking and driving.”

    Public Safety Committee Chairman Tom Bullock guided the legislation through several technical revisions and focused committee discussion on carving out narrow exceptions for;

    • Communicating or navigating using hands-free features built into the vehicle.
    • Communicating or using navigation tools on a mounted device.
    • Accepting a fare, accepting a call, or making a call using a device’s one-touch capability if the device is mounted.

    “Recommendations made by the Ohio Distracted Driving Task Force were quite important to me in supporting Lakewood’s new law. Their research shows that distracted driving is as dangerous as drunk driving, it’s on the rise in Ohio, and Cuyahoga County is among the top three for distracted driving deaths and serious injuries. Current laws aren’t enough since they lack clarity and aren’t a primary offense, which we know has reduced traffic deaths in other states,” said Bullock.

    “Since distracted driving crashes are 100 percent preventable, Lakewood should prevent them. We’ve taken a critical first step in adopting this new law.”

    According to the Ohio Distracted Driving Task Force, jurisdictions which have enacted similar bans on cell phone use while driving have experienced a significant decrease in traffic fatalities. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have laws that prohibit the use of handheld devices while driving and make using a device a primary offense. The Ohio Revised Code allows Ohio municipalities to enact distracted driving laws that go above and beyond the current state law. The Task Force has recommended that Ohio Governor Mike DeWine implement changes similar to those Lakewood made statewide.

    Mayor Summers signed the legislation the day after adoption. He and Lakewood Police Chief Timothy Malley have expressed support for this measure throughout the legislative process.

    “The Lakewood Police Department supports the new ordinance on distracted driving as an important step forward in deterring preventable accidents,” said Chief Malley.  “Distracted driving is a major cause of crashes on our roadways and giving our officers the tools to prevent these crashes from happening is appropriate.”


    Contact: Council President Sam O’Leary (216) 200-8002; Councilman Tom Bullock 440-554-7203


    Ordinance 05-19

    Ohio Distracted Driving Task Force Report

    August 29, 2019

    Lakewood City Council set to Establish New Tree Board – Volunteers Needed

    LAKEWOOD, OH – On September 16th, Lakewood City Council will vote on legislation to establish a new body of volunteers focused on preserving and growing the City’s tree canopy. The new group, called the Tree Advisory & Education Board, will collaborate with the City on its forestry practices and educate fellow residents on responsible tree stewardship and the benefits of private property tree planting.

    The idea to establish a permanent body of volunteers dedicated to the City’s urban forest has been periodically discussed by City officials for several years. In 2012, City Council convened a temporary Tree Task Force which issued a set of 19 recommendations, one being to establish a permanent board or commission dedicated to trees.

    Public Works Committee Chairman, Councilmember Tristan Rader applauded members of the former Tree Task Force for their ongoing engagement with the City regarding its trees. “I am very appreciative of these individuals for staying involved and always advocating for our trees. I am pleased that Council is now poised to act on this important recommendation,” he said.

    If enacted, City Council will appoint three members to the Board and Mayor Summers will appoint two members. Council President Sam O’Leary is hopeful that the new Tree Advisory & Education Board will get to work quickly. “Council is now accepting applications from residents who are passionate and knowledgeable about trees,” he said. “I am personally very excited to meet those who are willing to step forward for this opportunity,” he continued. Special consideration will be given to applicants with background and expertise in forestry or related fields.

    Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their knowledge of and interest in trees to the Clerk of Council. Additional information about the City’ existing urban tree policies and practices are located on the City’s website at:

    Deadline for applications is Friday September 13th at noon.

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    For more information, please contact Maureen Bach, Clerk of Council, at (216) 529-6053.

    Clerk of Council Maureen Bach

    Maureen Bach
    Clerk of Council
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio  44107


    August 1, 2019

    HELP WANTED: Lakewood City Council seeks applicants for Community Relations Advisory Commission

    Lakewood City Council is seeking volunteers ready to engage with the community and advise their local government. Multiple opportunities are currently available to serve on the Community Relations Advisory Commission.

    The mission of the Community Relations Advisory Commission is to promote respect for diversity, equity for all, and to foster bonds of mutuality between groups and individuals within the City. The Commission coordinates multiple signature outreach events each year and is currently serving in a mentorship role to the new Youth Council.

    Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest in and commitment to the values of diversity and equity to the Clerk of Council. Applicants must be Lakewood residents and be available for monthly meetings. Additional information about the Community Relations Advisory Commission, including agendas and minutes, are located on the City’s website at:

    Positions will remain open until filled.

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    For more information, please contact Maureen Bach, Clerk of Council, at (216) 529-6053.

    Clerk of Council Maureen Bach

    Mail/Deliver: Maureen Bach

    Clerk of Council
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio  44107

    June 13, 2019


    LAKEWOOD, OH – Lakewood City Council invites the public to explore one hundred years of the City’s legislative history on its new online self-service public records portal.

    The portal houses one hundred years of ordinances & resolutions and will be continually updated after each council meeting. The Clerk of Council’s Office will release additional Council records onto the portal in the months and years ahead.
    The online link to access the portal is: There are also links to access the portal from the City Council website.

    “While the Council Office is known for readily triaging requests for Council records, today’s digital age sets higher expectations that this information be directly accessible to constituents 24/7,” said Council President Sam O’Leary. “Public records truly belong to the people, not the government, and I am excited that we have found a measurable way to put this fundamental principle into practice,” he continued.
    Clerk of Council, Maureen Bach worked with O’Leary, an outside vendor and the City’s information systems division to launch the portal.

    “This is a big step for the Council Office.” she said. “It really highlights the long legacy of Clerks in this office who have worked hard over the past century to carefully catalog and maintain these records. I am delighted that those efforts can now be shared with the public.”

    Contact: Council President Sam O’Leary (216) 200-8002; Clerk of Council Maureen Bach (216) 529-6053

    June 5, 2019


    Ward 4 Councilman Dan O’Malley and the City of Lakewood’s Planning Department invite residents to come out and experience the new and improved Cove Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony and line up of family-friendly activities on Friday, June 14th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    Since 2016 the City has been working to revitalize Cove Park. The project broke ground in November 2017 and is now complete.  All told, the City has invested $700,000 in new amenities for the park including playground equipment, a new playing field surface, a picnic shelter, benches, bike racks, picnic tables and more. The parking lot was upgraded by replacing 2/3rds of the hard surface with pervious pavers.

    “On-site stormwater management is especially important in urban areas, and the City of Lakewood is committed to taking a leadership role. This park redevelopment offered a great opportunity to do just that, “says city planner Michelle Nochta. “Residents are excited to see their ideas in action at Cove Park.”

    The park is located within a low-moderate income area, which enabled the City to use Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars to fund the project. Use of these funds was recommended by the City’s Citizens Advisory Committee, a volunteer Committee that comes together each year to decide how to allocate CDBG funds.

    “These renovations were truly community-driven,” remarked Ward 4 Councilman Dan O’Malley, in whose ward Cove Park is situated. “I commend the Citizens Advisory Committee for recognizing the great need to re-invest in Cove Park and to the many residents who came out to offer their suggestions at community meetings. I am pleased that the Planning Department was able to incorporate so many resident suggestions and deliver a Cove Park for Ward 4 to be proud of.”

    The City is excited to showcase the many new features of the park to residents this spring. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for June 14th at 6:00 p.m. In addition, Lakewood Public Library, the Lakewood YMCA, and other community organizations will be present to lead family-friendly activities. Barring severe weather, the event is rain or shine.

    Who: Councilman Dan O’Malley & the City of Lakewood Planning Department
    What: Cove Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Celebration
    When: Friday June 14th 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Where: Cove Park, Lakewood Ohio


    Contact: City Planner Michelle Nochta at 216-529-5906 or Clerk of Council Maureen Bach at 216-529-6053.

    About Cove Park: Cove Park is a 3-acre public park located immediately north of the railroad tracks between Cove Ave. and Thoreau Ave. Parking is available at the entrance adjacent to Cove Ave.


    Cove Park: New picnic pavilion and bike racks


    May 20, 2019

    Councilmembers Tristan Rader and Meghan F. George to Propose Public Records Chapter

    LAKEWOOD, OH – Councilmembers Tristan Rader and Meghan F. George are set to propose an ordinance to establish a public records chapter within the code of the City of Lakewood. The ordinance proposes to create a chapter of the code that would reinforce important portions of the city’s current Public Records Retention Policy into law.

    New objectives contained within the proposal include:

    • Create a public records request web portal that is easy to use, up to date and interactive that will allow the public to:
      • Easily and quickly submit specific requests in once place
      • Allow for anonymity
      • Track requests in real time
      • Fulfil the request timely
      • Store all request for review, reporting and public search
    • Two-day response time to initially respond to a request
    • Strengthen provisions around redactions and exemptions, to make sure we are withholding only what is absolutely necessary
    • Appoint a city employee as Public Records Administrator
    • Mandate public records training for top officials
    • List types of records and information open to the public (non-exhaustive)

    Councilmembers Rader and George emphasized that open government leads to a better informed citizenry and greater public participation in government. Additionally “Having a chapter of our code dedicated to public records would not make Lakewood unique. We feel strongly that not only should we have a chapter in our code dedicated to the extremely important topic of public records, but that we continue to leverage technology to make the public records request process more transparent and easier to use.”

    The Public Records Chapter ordinance is on the docket for the May 20, 2019 Council meeting held at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of Lakewood City Hall. It is expected that upon introduction the ordinance will be referred to a Council committee for further deliberation. Council meetings are also streamed live on the City’s website here:

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    For more information please contact Councilmembers Tristan Rader 440-315-2852 and Meghan George at 216-544-6745.

    March 25, 2019

    Lakewood City Council Raises the Age from 18 to 21 to Purchase Tobacco & Nicotine Products

    On Monday, March 18th, Lakewood City Council unanimously adopted legislation to raise the minimum age for sale of all tobacco and nicotine products from 18 to 21. In doing so, Lakewood joins seven states and over 450 municipalities across the country, including twenty-one Ohio communities which have passed similar laws since 2015.

    The legislation was proposed by Ward 3 Councilmember John Litten in response to the recent nationwide surge in use of alternative nicotine products such as e-cigarettes among youth. “After considering that 95% of addicted smokers initiate smoking before age 21 and seeing how similar laws have reduced rates of tobacco use in other communities, I was compelled to bring this proposal before my Council colleagues,” said Mr. Litten.

    “This change strikes the right balance by raising the age, but also decriminalizing our enforcement. Council worked hard to make sure that this law isn’t about punishing small businesses or kids, but is instead about making a meaningful difference in the health of our community and our young people’s future,” Council President Sam O’Leary said.

    The Cuyahoga County Board of Health and Mayor Summers’ administration worked collaboratively with Council over two Health & Human Services Committee hearings and three readings at Council Meetings to craft legislation specific to Lakewood’s needs. Mayor Summers endorsed the legislation with his signature the day after passage. This new policy is consistent with our opportunity to think anew about becoming and staying healthy,” said Mayor Summers. “I am grateful for City Council’s leadership on this initiative. Forward-thinking communities across the country are stepping up their protection of our youth. Lakewood now joins these cities.”

    The City will partner with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to enforce the ordinance. Prior to implementation, the Board will proactively reach out to all Lakewood tobacco and nicotine retailers with information and education about the new requirements and provide the required signage. “The Board really sees this as a long-term partnership with retailers. We are prepared to provide the materials and invest the time necessary working with them to ensure that they have everything they need to be compliant with the new requirements,” said Rick Novickis, Director of Environmental Public Health at the Board.

    The new ordinance imposes fines and the revocation of a retailer’s permit to sell tobacco and nicotine products if they fail to comply with the new requirements.

    Visit view the legislation. For additional information, please contact the Cuyahoga County Board of Health  at (216)201-2000 ext.1200.

    February 25, 2019


    LAKEWOOD, OH – City Council President Sam O’Leary will be hosting his first two town halls of the year on March 5th from 7:00PM-8:30PM in the Lakewood Library Main Branch multimedia room and Thursday, April 18th from 7:00PM- 8:30PM in the Lakewood Library- Madison Branch conference room. Councilman O’Leary invites all Lakewood citizens to come for meaningful discussion and to hear about the City’s progress moving forward.

    “In my eight years of serving this community, these town halls are an excellent opportunity for citizens of Lakewood to engage directly with their local government and I’m excited to hear feedback from the community,” Council President O’Leary said. “This community is full of good ideas and insights, and we make this community better every time we have these conversations.”

    Councilman O’Leary’s upcoming town hall events follow in the footsteps of Mayor Michael P. Summers’ “Listening to Lakewood” events held at different locals throughout the city. “We recognize the fundamental importance of meeting our residents where they are, which is out and about in the community. Most people don’t have the time or the interest to come to a City Council meeting, but that doesn’t make their voice any less valuable or their input any less insightful,” President O’Leary said. “Often when making a decision, we have the data, but we need the perspectives of our neighbors to make sure City policies make sense for them.”

    Who: Councilman Sam O’Leary
    What: Town Halls- Open to the Public
    When: Tuesday, March 5th 7:00PM-8:30PM & Thursday, April 18th, 7:00PM-8:30PM
    Where: Lakewood Public Library- Main Branch conference room (March 5th date); Lakewood Public Library- Madison Branch meeting room (April 18th date)


    Contact: Councilman Sam O’Leary; [216-200-8002 /]

    About Council President Sam O’Leary: Sam O’Leary is a lifetime resident of Lakewood and graduate of the Lakewood City Schools. Sam grew up on Clarence Avenue, but moved to Clifton Boulevard when he returned to Lakewood after studying public policy at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

    From early involvement in numerous political and civic campaigns, to serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Tax Incentive Review Council, Sam has committed himself to knowing Lakewood, its residents, and the issues we face as a city. These experiences inform Sam’s vision of Lakewood as an historic and unique residential city complimented by vibrant commercial corridors that comprehensively serve the shopping, dining, and recreational needs of our citizens. To that end, Sam strives to develop and support partnerships between public, private, and non-profit stakeholders that turn eyesores into economic engines, while preserving our delicate balance of residential and commercial interests.

    Sam has been representing Ward 2 on Lakewood City Council since 2014 and was elected Council President by his colleagues in 2016 and 2018.

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    As the legislative arm of Lakewood City government, the chief function of City Council is the making of laws. While serving as the city’s lawmaking body, Council also monitors the operation and performance of the city budget. In addition, Council members serve as their constituents’ links to their local government. When a constituent has a question or concern with city policy or services, they are encouraged to contact their ward Council representative, or any Council at Large member.

  • Legislation+-

    The legislative powers of the City, except as limited by the Charter, are vested in City Council. As the legislative body, Council makes and passes the laws governing the city. The legislative process comprises a number of steps, and includes committee action during which the most intense consideration is given to the proposed measures; this is also the time when citizens are given their opportunity to be heard. Each piece of legislation is referred to the committee that has jurisdiction over the area affected by the measure. Council members serve on at least two committees and all serve on the Committee of the Whole. Most committee meetings are held in the Court’s jury room or in the Council Chambers.

    Legislation is introduced in the following manner:

    1. Legislation is proposed by Council members, the Mayor or administration or by citizen initiative (petition). Under Article III, Section 8 of the City Charter, “each proposed ordinance shall be introduced in written or printed form and shall not contain more than one subject, which shall be clearly stated in the title,” with the exception of general appropriation ordinances.
    2. Proposed legislation is introduced to Council during a regularly scheduled public Council meeting and referred to the appropriate committee.
    3. A committee hearing is held, during which Council members consider the proposed legislation and public commentary.
    4. If necessary, the proposed legislation is amended.
    5. The committee votes on the legislation.
    6. If passed, the legislation is sent to full Council for discussion and a final vote.
    7. If passed, the legislation is sent to the Mayor.
    8. The Mayor signs the legislation.
    9. The proposed legislation becomes a local law.

    If the Mayor disapproves and vetoes it, the legislation comes back to Council with the Mayor’s written objections. Council can override the Mayor’s veto by a two-thirds vote. If the Mayor does not sign or veto the legislation within ten days after receiving it from Council, it is considered approved.

    Click here to view 100 years of historic ordinances and resolutions – new legislation added twice monthly.

  • Budget+-

    Here’s the link to the city of Lakewood’s budget documents

    Under Article III, Section 14 of the City Charter:

    “On or before the fifteenth day of November in each year, the Mayor, Director of Public Works and Director of Finance shall prepare an estimate of the expense of conducting the affairs of the City for the following year; this estimate shall be compiled from detailed information obtained from the various departments.”

    This estimate itemizes the expense of conducting each department, comparisons with corresponding items of expenditures for the last two complete fiscal years, reasons for proposed increases or decreases compared with the current fiscal year, departmental schedules, payroll increases, anticipated revenue from taxes and other sources, debt interest and bond retirement funds, long-term financial obligations of the City and “such other information as may be required by Council.” Upon receipt of the estimate, Council initiates the budget approval process to monitor the operation and performance of the City’s budget, establish priorities and allocate resources for the year, and thereafter pass temporary or permanent appropriation ordinances.

  • Clerk of Council+-

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    (216) 529-6053

    [ Email Clerk of Council » ]

    The Clerk of Council, appointed by City Council, maintains records of proceedings of City Council and records of ordinances and resolutions adopted by City Council. The Clerk’s office is the designated repository for all official documents of the City. As official parliamentarian of the City Council, the Clerk conducts council meeting and publishes the minutes to reflect all legislative action. The Clerk also provides notice of regular and special meetings of City Council, directs the activities and programs of the office, provides reference and research services regarding enacted or pending legislation and other Council documents and performs all duties outlined in the 2nd Amended Charter or as directed by City Council.

  • Staff Bios+-

    Maureen M. Bach

    Maureen McHugh Bach was appointed Clerk of Council in 2018 after serving six years as the Legislative Liaison to Lakewood City Council.

    Immediately prior to her work in the Council office, Maureen spent over three years as a legislative aide in the Connecticut General Assembly running the office of a state senator and her successful re-election campaign. Maureen first became inspired to understand the political process while working in the administrative offices of reproductive health services organization in Northampton, MA. In that position she tracked and advocated for legislation related to federal and state funding for those services.

    Maureen holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Public Health degree from the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health – a joint program of Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo. Maureen is a member of the Ohio Municipal Clerks Association, the Northeast Ohio Municipal Clerks Association, and the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. She is a notary public and can provide notary services upon request.

    Maureen, her husband Ted, and their two young children love living in Lakewood and being part of the Lakewood community.


    Nick Lascu

    Nick Lascu was appointed Deputy Clerk of Council in January 2019 and works closely with the Clerk, Councilmembers, and city staff on a variety of policy issues and constituent matters, while assisting the Clerk with Council office operations.

    Prior to joining Lakewood city government, he previously worked in Cleveland City Council and Cleveland Housing Court, where he gained a strong background in community & economic development, housing, public safety, and landlord-tenant law. Nick earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University, with summa cum laude honors. He also has pursued graduate level courses in real estate finance & development at Cleveland State University.

    While Nick enjoys serving Lakewood residents and businesses in his role on a part-time basis, he also works as a full-time firefighter for the City of Cleveland.

  • City Charter+-

    • Click here to view the current Charter of the City of Lakewood
  • City Council FAQs+-

    Q:        When does Lakewood City Council meet? 

     A:        At seven-thirty (7:30) p.m. on the first and third Monday of every month, or, if such Monday falls on a Holiday, on the Tuesday following. Only Special Council Meetings or committee meetings are held in the month of August. All regular City Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall. In addition, there are seven (7) standing committees of Council that meet at the discretion of the appointed chair.

    Q:        How long is a Council Member’s term? Are they full time? How much do they get paid? 

    A:        Each council member serves a four-year term. They work part-time. In 2014, Council voted to increase their salary from $7,000 to $13,000. This was the first increase in 32 years. This increase is phased in:  Four (4) Ward Council members began receiving the new salary in 2016.  Three (3) At-Large council members began receiving the new salary in 2018. Council members also have the option to receive full health care benefits through the city.