Mike Summers was appointed by City Council on January 2, 2011 to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Ed Fitzgerald. Mayor Summers was elected to a full term in November of 2011. Prior to becoming Mayor, Mike Summers was elected to Lakewood City Council in 2007 to represent Ward 3. He also served eight years on the Lakewood Board of Education, including service as President in 1999 and 2003. In addition to his public service, Summers also has a long history as a community volunteer. He was appointed by the Cuyahoga County Commissioners in 2000 to serve on the County Workforce Investment Board. He chaired the Grow Lakewood Strategy Taskforce(2005) and the Structural Balance Finance Task Force (2007).
Prior to becoming Mayor, Mike Summers was President and owner of Summers Rubber Company, Cleveland, Ohio. He sold the business in early 2013. Summers Rubber Company is an industrial distribution company specializing in hose, fittings, and sealing products for the durable goods manufacturing, chemical, and construction markets. Summers Rubber has 60 employees and 8 branch locations.
His professional accomplishments include service as President of the Westside Industrial Retention Network (WIRE-Net), a consortium of manufacturing companies dedicated to preserving industrial jobs on Cleveland’s Westside and President of the National Association of Hose and Accessories Distributors (NAHAD). He served as a Board Member of the Cleveland Growth Association and Co- Chaired its Jobs and Workforce Intitiative. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Lakewood. He was appointed by Governor Taft to serve as Chairman of Ohio’s Workforce Policy Board from 1999 to 2003.
Mike Summers is a graduate of Lakewood High School, Class of 1972. He earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and a B.A. from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio. He is the recipient of Wittenberg University’s Distinguished Alumni Citation, and was inducted into the Lakewood High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
Mike is married to Wendy. They have three children: Amy, Ted, and Barbara.
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The Mayor of Lakewood is the chief elected official of the City and serves as its principal representative and spokesperson. The powers of the Mayor are established by charter, specifically by Article II of the Second Amended Charter (Sec. 1-10), approved by Lakewood voters on November 7, 2000. The position of Mayor is full-time (Art.II, Sec. 9), and the salary of the Mayor is established by ordinance adopted not less than thirty days prior to the final date for the filing of nominating petitions by candidates for the office of Mayor (Art.II, Sec. 5).
In addition to serving as the chief executive officer, the Mayor also serves as the Public Safety Director, the chief conservator of the peace within the City. Article II, Section 6, which enumerates the “General Powers and Duties of Mayor,” establishes that the Mayor supervises the administration of the affairs of the City and sees that all ordinances of the City are enforced. The Mayor may recommend that City Council adopt “such measures as the Mayor may deem necessary or expedient,” and the Mayor is entitled to introduce ordinances and resolutions and take part in the discussion of all matters that come before City Council (Art.II, Sec. 10). Performance of the Mayor’s powers and duties are conferred or required by the Second Amended Charter, by ordinance or resolution of Council, or by general law.
SELECTED SECTIONS, SECOND AMENDED CHARTER OF THE CITY OF LAKEWOOD (ADOPTED NOVEMBER 7, 2000)
ARTICLE II. THE EXECUTIVE SECTION 1. EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE POWERS The executive and administrative powers of the City shall be vested in the Mayor, directors of departments, and other administrative officers provided for in this Charter or by ordinance.
SECTION 2. RESIDENCY, TERM AND QUALIFICATIONS OF MAYOR The Mayor shall be elected for a term of four (4) years, commencing on the first day of January next following his or her election, shall have been for at least one (1) year immediately prior to the date of taking office both a resident of the City and a qualified elector of the City, and shall continue as both a resident and qualified elector of the City during his or her term of office.
SECTION 3. MAYOR EX-OFFICIO DIRECTOR The Mayor, subject to the provisions of this Charter, shall be ex officio the Director of Public Safety and, as such and to that extent, shall exercise all powers and perform all duties delegated to and conferred upon the Director of Public Safety by this Charter, by ordinance, and by general law.
SECTION 4. MAYOR’S APPOINTMENT POWER The Mayor shall appoint, with approval of Council, and may remove, if and when the office is created, the Director of Public Safety, and shall appoint and may remove the Director of Public Works, the Director of Law, the Director of Finance, the Director of Planning and Development, the Director of Human Services and the Health Commissioner. The Mayor shall make all other appointments under the provisions of this Charter not herein otherwise provided for by general law or ordinance; such appointees shall serve until removed by the Mayor or until their respective successors are appointed and qualified.
History of the Mayor's Office+-
According to local historian Margaret Manor Butler in her book, History of the City of Lakewood, what is now known as “Lakewood” roughly conforms to what was once known as Rockport Township, later organized into the Hamlet of Lakewood so that its citizens, “might make improvements and provide conveniences for all its citizens through the wishes of the majority.” The citizens’ request to incorporate and a charter were granted on August 31, 1889, and Mayor Ira E. Canfield held the title of Mayor from 1889 until 1891. His official title was president of the board of trustees and chief executive officer of the hamlet, in which capacity he served for three years.
PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES (MAYOR), HAMLET OF LAKEWOOD:
IRA E. CANFIELD 1889-1891
CLAYTON L. TYLER 1892-1897
OTTO C. BERCHTOLD 1898-1899
JACAB H. TEGARDINE 1900-1901
Under the control and supervision of hamlet officials, Mayor Clayton Tyler directed the installation of major improvements, including a water system, sewers and electric lights. During Mayor Tyler’s six years in office – 1892 through 1897 — he also established Lakewood’s boulevard system. On May 4, 1903, the Hamlet of Lakewood was organized into a village, boasting about 2,500 inhabitants. Mayor Joseph J. Rowe bridged the transition, serving as Mayor from 1902 until 1905
OFFICE OF MAYOR, VILLAGE OF LAKEWOOD:
JOSEPH J. ROWE 1902-1905
BERNARD MILLER 1906-1909
The Village of Lakewood grew to a citizenship of about 12,000 by Jan. 1, 1910, when it was organized into the City of Lakewood. The incorporation date was February 17, 1911. The first Mayor of the City of Lakewood was Nelson C. Cotabish, a large property holder in Lakewood and head of the sales department of the National Carbon Company. In 1910, Mayor Cotabish approved the acquisition of the first motor-driven fire equipment in northeast Ohio. An astute businessman, he also arranged for the City to buy a home at Warren Road and Detroit Avenue to serve as City Hall, selling 100 feet of this site a few years later for a profit of $40,500, almost three times the total purchase price of the property.
OFFICE OF MAYOR, CITY OF LAKEWOOD:
NELSON C. COTABISH 1910-1911
JOHN B. COFFINBERRY 1912-1913
CLAYTON W. TYLER 1914-1917
BYRON M. COOK 1918-1919
LOUIS E. HILL 1920-1923
EDWARD A. WIEGAND 1924-1932
AMOS I. KAUFFMAN 1932-1955
FRANK P. CELESTE 1956-1963
ROBERT M. LAWTHER 1964-1976
WILLIAM E. BLACKIE 1977
ANTHONY C. SINAGRA 1978-1990
DAVID R. HARBARGER 1990-1995
MADELINE A. CAIN 1996-2003
THOMAS J. GEORGE 2004-2007
EDWARD FITZGERALD 2008-2010
MICHAEL P. SUMMERS 2011-
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