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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.

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.




Your city council in action

  • Council members+-

    David W. Anderson

    – Vice-President of Council

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    (216) 789-6463

    Term Expires 12/31/2019

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    Ward 1:
    David W. Anderson was appointed as the Councilman for Ward 1 in March, 2011 and elected to a full term in November, 2011. He believes Lakewood is the greatest city in which he has ever enjoyed. Lakewood’s people, homes, services, libraries, shops, sidewalks, safety and recreation make this a great place to live and raise a family.

    Upon graduating from Kent State University in 1991, David went to Washington, D. C., to work for United States Senator Howard M. Metzenbaum until 1995. He returned to northeast Ohio later that year to work for a subsidiary of Diebold and has since accumulated 20 years of experience in Cleveland’s business, educational and non-profit communities. His eclectic blend of public, private and non-profit experience has led to a combination of communication, planning, leadership, budget management and business development skills.

    David is a long time Ward 1 business owner. Having bought his first home in Lakewood in 1998 he now owns three rental properties in the city. In addition to investing in the city, David has demonstrated civic leadership, service values and a passion to make a difference.

    He and his wife, Andrea, married in 2001 and now have four amazing children, Brianna, Reese, Luke and Benjamin.


    Sam O’Learycc_OLeary

    – President of Council

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    (216) 200-8002

    Term Expires 12/31/2019

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    Ward 2:

    Committee of the Whole, Chair

    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 is an attorney at Matty, Henrikson & Greve, where he practices primarily in the area of public entity law.



    John Littenlitten

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    (216) 302-8333

    Term Expires 12/31/2019

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    Ward 3:

    John was elected as Ward 3’s representative on Lakewood City Council in November 2015. A 1997 graduate of St. Edward High School, John married Carrie Daw (LHS ’94) in 2002. They bought their first home on Wyandotte Ave. in 2003, and they now live on Chesterland Ave. with their three children Joshua, Brendan and Amelia.

    Previous to joining Lakewood City Council, John was a member of the Lakewood Citizens’ Advisory Committee, the board of Keep Lakewood Beautiful, President of Winterhurst Hockey Association, coach with the Lakewood Soccer Association, parish council at St. Luke Church and a member of the Lakewood Hospital Association. He continues as a block club captain and as a baseball coach in the Lakewood Recreation Department.

    Professionally, John began work as a summer camp counselor at Camp Christopher, where he would go on to be program coordinator (2001-2005) and Director (2005-2012). He wrote a book about the leadership lessons learned through the experience. From those roots, in 2012 John took a new challenge as executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society – a community-based non-profit, devoted to person to person service to others, through things like emergency assistance with rent and utilities, clothing and food. They run some of the largest food pantries in Ohio and served over 260,000 individuals last year alone.

    John holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Ohio University and a M.P.A. from Cleveland State University.

    John’s priorities are safety, sustainability and service. He has dedicated himself to having a block club on every street in ward 3 (email if interested in being a block club captain!), so that we can meet our dedicated safety forces half way with the engagement and involvement of our residents for a better, safer and even more beautiful Lakewood.


    Dan O’MalleyDanOMalley

    Lakewood City Hall

    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107


    Term Expires 12/31/2019

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    Ward 4:

    Daniel J. O’Malley was elected to city council by the residents of Ward 4 in November 2015 and represents Lakewood’s east end. Ward 4 comprises some of Lakewood’s most diverse and historic neighborhoods, including Birdtown, Rockport, and the Gold Coast. Before joining City Council, Dan served on Lakewood’s Citizens Advisory Committee and remains active in numerous civic and community organizations.  

    Dan’s priorities on council are to make our neighborhoods safer, healthier, and more vibrant while providing responsive service to the residents of Ward 4. He serves as Chair of Council’s Public Safety Committee and a member of the Housing Committee as well as the Finance Committee.

    Dan has spent his career as a labor leader, and currently serves as an official with the North Shore AFL-CIO. He is a graduate of John Carroll University.  



    Thomas Bullockcc_Bullock13

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    216-395-7LWD (216-395-7593)

    Term Expires 12/31/2017

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    After six years serving as Ward 2 Councilperson, Tom Bullock now represents the entire city as an At-Large Member of Council. He works to keep Lakewood safe, clean, and family-friendly; develop and beautify our commercial areas, and make our community a model green, walking city. Among other accomplishments, Councilman Bullock has helped to:

    • increase neighborhood quality through stronger nuisance ordinances and improved housing inspection procedures;
    • increase recycling and expand farmers markets;
    • restore fiscal strength by helping pass budgets that spend less than the City takes in.

    Bullock consistently teams up with block clubs to improve safety and housing quality, and he actively helps residents resolve neighborhood problems. He invites anyone interested to contact him at (216) 337-1318 or

    Bullock chairs the Public Safety Committee and serves on the Finance Committee, Public Works Committee, and Lakewood Hospital’s Board of Trustees. He brings to Council more than nineteen years’ experience in community leadership and making government work for people, including service on Capitol Hill. He has a B.A. in government from American University in Washington, D.C. and an M.A. in Classics from the University of London.

    Cindy Marxcc_Marx2

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    ((216) 521-1848 or (216) 534-1772

    Term Expires 12/31/17

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    Cindy Marx is a long time resident of Lakewood and was elected to begin her service as an At-Large Member of the Lakewood City Council in January 2014.  Her service to the City includes Grow Lakewood Committee, Citizens Advisory Committee, and most recently Chair of the Lakewood Loan Approval Board.

    Cindy has over 30 years of business experience in building and managing Specialty Medical and Dental Practices. Her experience driving performance improvements in a dynamic environment includes managing financial operations, budgeting, enforcing regulatory compliance as well as developing and implementing strategies for business improvement that resulted in the creation of successful independent practices. She is committed to working collaboratively with all members of Council and the Administration on planning not just for today but also for Lakewood’s future.

    She believes that the arts and cultural community can serve as an economic engine and hopes to be a driving force behind that development while preserving the historic nature of neighborhoods and creating an attractive, safe environment that embraces diversity and nurtures the families and independent businesses that choose to make Lakewood their home.

    Cindy and her husband Jake live in Ward 4 on Grace Avenue. She is practice manager and patient coordinator for Raj Plastic Surgery.



    Ryan Nowlincc_Nowlin

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    (216) 712-7582

    Term Expires 12/31/17

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    Ryan Nowlin is a fourth-generation resident of Lakewood, and has served as an At-Large Member of the Lakewood City Council since January, 2011. Ryan is committed to helping Lakewood remain northeast Ohio’s best place to live, to work, and to raise a family. Prior to his appointment to City Council, Ryan served as a Co-Chair of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee and as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals. He has also served as a member of the Lakewood YMCA Branch Advisory Board.

    Ryan is an attorney at Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond P.L.L., where he maintains a practice in the areas of commercial litigation and family law. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, Loyola University Maryland, and St. Ignatius High School. Ryan and his wife Meghan are proud parents of Maisie, Tommy, Peter, Jimmy and Francie.

  • Council Committees+-

    Pursuant to Chapter 121.04 of the Codified Ordinances, appointments of Chairpersons and members to the Standing Committees of Lakewood City Council are as follows:

    Standing CommitteeChairMembers
    HousingDavid AndersonDan O'Malley, Cindy Marx
    Public SafetyDan O'MalleyJohn Litten, Tom Bullock
    FinanceTom BullockRyan Nowlin, Dan O'Malley
    Public WorksRyan NowlinDavid Anderson, Tom Bullock
    Rules & OrdinancesJohn LittenRyan Nowlin, Cindy Marx
    Health & Human ServicesCindy MarxJohn Litten, David Anderson



  • Council Videos+-

    Click here to see City Council videos.

  • City Council News+-

    November 18, 2016

    Would you like to serve on a city board or commission?

    Lakewood City Council is seeking volunteers to serve on various city advisory boards and commissions. Applicants must be residents of Lakewood, have a desire to serve their community in a volunteer capacity, and be willing to contribute the number of hours necessary for the particular group to which they are appointed. City Council appointments are made at the end of board/commission terms and as openings occur throughout the year.

    • One appointment to the Planning Commission
    • One appointment to Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board
    • One appointment to the Lakewood Human Rights Commission
    • Appointments to the Citizens Advisory Committee on Community Development Block Grants
    • Two appointments to the Audit Committee
    • Appointments to the Community Health Foundation Planning Task Force

    Information on the Boards and Commissions can be found at the City’s website by going to the following:

    The Second Amended Charter and Codified Ordinances of the City provides the legal descriptions of Boards and Commission and you may find that information by searching the  following:

    Applicants are asked to email or deliver a cover letter and résumé for consideration to the addresses provided below:

    Clerk of Council Mary Hagan

    Mail/Deliver : Mary Hagan
    Clerk of Council
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio  44107

    The deadline for submission of is 5 p.m. Monday, December 26, 2016.  Board and commission members seeking reappointment need not submit any new materials for consideration.

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    For more information, please contact Mary Hagan, Clerk of Council, at (216) 529-6055.

    Mobile Stroke Unit to “Go Live” to Help Save Lives in Lakewood
    New City Council members tour unit after city finalizes contract 

    LAKEWOOD, October 17, 2016: During its Committee of the Whole meeting, Lakewood City Council members had an opportunity to tour the Cleveland Clinic’s Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit and discuss how Lakewood residents will benefit from new advances in stroke care.  Council President Sam O’Leary invited the unit to City Hall following the completion of the contractual agreement to bring the unit to Lakewood.

    Within the next several days, following the completion of protocols and training among Cleveland Clinic officials and Lakewood dispatchers and paramedics, the unit will help first responders save lives in Lakewood.

    The unit c rew showed Council members the technology available for on-site stroke diagnosis and treatment, including a mobile CT scanner and a mobile lab that allows the crew to do lab tests on board. If appropriate, the crew will be able to administer tPA – a medication that can break up blood clots and give patients a better chance at survival and living without disabilities often associated with a stroke. Upon receiving treatment, patients are transported to the most appropriate hospital.  Before arriving at Lakewood City Hall, the unit crew had just treated a stroke patient with tPA on board the unit as they transported him from his home in Euclid to the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

    “Deployment of the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit in Lakewood was negotiated as part of the master agreement between the city, Cleveland Clinic, and the Lakewood Hospital Association, endorsed by City Council late last year,” says Council President O’Leary.  “Now that the city and Cleveland Clinic have come to contractual terms on the use of this precious resource, we are proud to say that this life-saving technology reinforces the city’s status as a local leader in stroke care.”

    “Stroke is the number one cause of serious long-term disability in the United States, and treating stroke patients faster both saves lives and reduces disability,” said Andrew Russman, D.O., Medical Director of the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit at Cleveland Clinic. “In the fight against stroke, the mobile stroke treatment unit is at the forefront of our emergency response capability. We have seen tremendous success for patients in the last two years with the mobile stroke treatment unit, and we look forward to bringing mobile stroke care to the doorsteps of the residents of the City of Lakewood.”   Since Cleveland Clinic began its Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit program two years ago, more than 2,500 patients have been serviced by the unit crew.  Of those, 91 have received tPA on site.

    “Last year when City Council announced our approval of the master agreement, we reassured Lakewood residents that the fully-staffed emergency department would be open 24/7/365 at the old hospital site until it transitioned to the new Cleveland Clinic family health center,” said O’Leary.  “We kept that promise.  And now we can say that the most advanced emergency stroke care can actually come to your home, so life-saving treatment can be started even before you get to an emergency department.”

    You can watch a video to better understand how the Mobile Stroke Unit works and who benefits most.

    mobile-stroke1 mobile-stroke2




  • The role of council+-

    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.

  • 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+-

    Mary Hagan

    Lakewood City Hall
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107

    (216) 529-6053

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    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.

  • City Charter+-

  • Agendas & Minutes+-

    Click here for Council’s minutes and agendas.

  • City Council Ward Map+-

    To see the city council wards and updated voting precincts, check out the map below:


  • Committee of the Whole Audio Recordings+-

  • Committee of the Whole schedule to discuss Lakewood Hospital+-

  • Recently Adopted Legislation+-