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Parma City Council meets on the first and third Mondays of the month for committee meetings and regular council meetings. 

Council passes about 400 ordinances and resolutions per year, while helping their constituents with day-to-day problems. They are all part-time employees of the city.

Council President

Sean BrennanSean Patrick Brennan
Phone: 440-885-8091
Email: sbrennan@cityofparma-oh.gov

Council President Sean Patrick Brennan has taught in the public schools for nearly 25 years, currently as an instructor of high school American Government and Law. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in international studies. He has also completed graduate-level coursework in history, political science, economics and pedagogy at several colleges and universities and has a master’s degree in secondary school administration from Cleveland State University.

Brennan’s scholarly activities involve projects on the subjects of the U.S. Constitution, religious freedom in America and various other American political and historical topics at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia, the University of Oxford in England, George Washington University in Washington, D.C., the Bill of Rights Institute in Arlington, Va., and Ashland University.

He is active in civic, professional and charitable organizations, which include founder and board member of Parma Charitable Fund, founder and board member of City of Parma Andrew Boyko Memorial Scholarship Foundation, St. Charles Borromeo Parish lector and adult server, Friends of Parma Libraries life member, founder of the Parma Peanut Butter Drive benefitting All Faiths Pantry, founding and past adviser of the Parma Youth Commission, advisory board member of Big Creek Connects, member of West Creek Conservancy, Parma Historical Society, Community/Business/Schools Partnership, Proud of Parma, City Club of Cleveland, German Central Foundation, National Education Association, Ohio Education Association and Northeast Ohio Education Association. He is an honorary member of the Joseph J. Jacubic American Legion Post.

An avid runner, Brennan has completed more than 85 marathons and ultra-marathons, and ran the 2015 and 2018 Boston Marathons. He is a member of the Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Nike Chicago Marathon Pace Teams and has raised thousands for charity as a philanthropy runner. His love of running led to his creation of the Annual Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies, which has raised thousands of dollars for local charities.  His charitable work led to the creation of the script Parma sign which was subsequently donated to the City of Parma and adorns Anthony Zielinski Park.

Brennan was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Friends of the Parma Libraries, “Friend of PEA” by the Parma Education Association and “Conservationist of the Year” by the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District. He was serving his fourth term of office on Parma City Council, representing Ward 2, when he was appointed president of City Council on Jan. 8, 2011, succeeding his mentor Charles Germana. He has won five subsequent elections to this post.

He and his wife, Deena (Denk), are the proud parents of two children and attend St. Charles Borromeo Parish.


Clerk of Council

Kenneth A. RamserKenneth A. Ramser
Office: 440-885-8091
Email: kramser@cityofparma-oh.gov  

Clerk of Council Kenneth Ramser has lived in Ward 7 for more than 35 years. He served as the Ward 7 councilman for 2.5 terms before being appointed as clerk of council by his peers on June 20, 2011. He began working as clerk of council on July 1, 2011.

Ramser is a retired secretary/treasurer of Teamsters Local Union #24. He and his family attend Holy Family Church. Ramser and his wife, Linda, have five children (all graduates of Valley Forge High School) and nine grandchildren. 


Ward 1

Vito Dipierro

Vito Dipierro
12307 Tucson Drive
Parma, Ohio  44130
Phone: 440-885-8091
Email: parmaward1@gmail.com

Committees: Finance, Public Service, Planning, Governmental Operations, Public Housing (Chairman)

Councilman Vito Dipierro is honored to represent the residents of Ward 1. He was elected to his first term in November 2013.

The son of Italian immigrants from Bari, Italy, Dipierro grew up in a tight-knit family with three brothers and a sister. He graduated from Normandy High School in 1995. After high school, he worked for a family waterproofing business, as well as Union Camp in Solon, Ohio, as a member of the International Paper Workers Union Local #672.

An interest in real estate led him to take courses at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus. He earned his real estate license in 2002. Taking after his father, a Parma small-business owner for 40 years, Dipierro started his own brokerage in 2013.

Outside of work, Dipierro is a parishioner at St. Bridget’s of Kildare Parish. He is also involved with the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce and the Parma Rotary Club.

He and his wife, Sherri, have been married since 2013. They enjoy exploring the local parks, riding bikes and getting ice cream treats with their twin daughters.


Ward 2

Deborah LimeDeborah Lime
7618 Dorothy Ave.
Parma, Ohio  44129
Phone: 440-845-1714
Email: dlime@cityofparma-oh.gov  

Committees: Environmental Standards, Finance (Vice Chairwoman), Public Housing (Vice Chairwoman), Public Safety (Chairwoman)

Councilwoman Deborah Lime has been a resident of Ward 2 for more than 50 years. Lime was raised in the Ward 2 neighborhood, where she, her father and her family live today.

Lime attends St. Charles Borromeo Parish. She has been active in civic and social organizations for many years and has also been a soccer and T-ball coach.

This is Lime’s second time holding public office. She was Ward 2 councilwoman from Dec. 11, 1991 until Dec. 31, 2003. Lime was unanimously voted to fulfill the Ward 2 council position by the Ward 2 Precinct Committee until Dec. 31, 2011. She filled the vacancy on Jan. 22, 2011. 

Lime and her husband, Mark, have four children, Dawn, Aaron, Daniel and Brett. They are the proud grandparents of two grandchildren.
 


Ward 3

Mark CasselberryMark Casselberry
Majority Leader
4718 Woodrow Ave.
Parma, Ohio  44134
Phone: 440-842-6710
Email: mcasselberry@cityofparma-oh.gov  

Committees: Finance, Public Housing, Public Safety, Planning, Governmental Operations (Vice Chairman), Public Service (Chairman)

Councilman Mark Casselberry is serving his third term on council after being elected in November 2011.

He is a 23-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #38. He has been employed for the past 16 years at Clear Channel Outdoor in Parma and is the operations manager there.

An active parish member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Casselberry has served as a CYO basketball and volleyball coach, and has volunteered at the parish carnival. He is also a church usher at Sunday Mass.

In 2011, was presented with a citizens award from both the cities of Cleveland and Parma for assisting a motorcycle officer who was involved in a serious traffic accident.
 
Casselberry and his wife, Judy, have three children and one grandchild.
 

Ward 4

Kristin Saban 
2513 Brookview Blvd.
Parma, Ohio  44134
Phone: 216-398-1770
Email: ksaban@cityofparma-oh.gov  

Committees: Public Housing, Public Service, Appointment Scanning, Governmental Operations, Environmental Standards (Vice Chairwoman), Finance (Chairwoman)

Councilwoman Kristin Saban is honored to represent the residents of Ward 4 since Jan. 1, 2016. Saban is also the chief of staff to Mayor Anthony Biasiotta in the City of Seven Hills.

Saban was born and raised in Parma. She is a 1994 graduate of Parma Senior High School and attended Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus. She is on the executive board of the nonprofit We Are Parma Proud and is a member of the Parma Schools Foundation. She recently created the Quarry District Committee.

She and her husband Bruce, a U.S. History teacher at Parma Senior High, have been married for 24 years. They are raising their son, Logan, a student at Normandy High School, in the home where they have lived for the past 23 years.


Ward 5

Allan DivisAllan Divis
7805 Fort Myers Court
Parma, Ohio  44134
Phone: 440-888-7213
Email: allandivis@yahoo.com  

Committees: Finance, Public Housing, Public Safety, Appointment Scanning (Vice Chairman), Planning (Chairman)

Councilman Allan Divis was elected to serve the residents of Ward 5 in November 2011. 

Divis is a Cleveland native who graduated from West Tech High School and then attended Cuyahoga Community College, earning an associate degree in business. 

Divis has been involved with coaching T-ball, softball and volleyball in Parma and in St. Anthony’s CYO programs. He has served St. Anthony Parish as a Eucharistic minister and still serves as a CYO site director for basketball and volleyball youth athletic programs. He also sits on fundraising boards for Padua High School and St. Anthony’s athletic programs.

He and his wife, Michele, were married in 1980. They have four children. 


Ward 6

Lawrence J. Napoli
4151 Hilltop Drive
Parma, Ohio  44134
Phone: 440-845-4547
Email: deblaryn@aol.com  

Committees: Finance, Public Housing, Appointment Scanning, Public Safety (Vice Chairman) Public Service (Vice Chairman) Environmental Standards (Chairman)

Councilman Lawrence Napoli is serving his ninth term on Parma City Council in 2020. He has been a resident of Ward 6 for more than 30 years and has represented his ward since 2003.

A 1979 graduate of Valley Forge High School, he earned his bachelor’s in management from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 1984. He works for PPG Industries.

Napoli and his family are active members of St. Anthony’s Parish, where he also coached CYO football and basketball. He is active in several civic organizations throughout Parma and is a social member of American Legion Post 572.

He and his wife, Debbie, have two sons, Larry and Ryan. 


Ward 7

Kammy Coyle Shuman
8485 Tanglewood Lane
Parma, Ohio  44129
Phone: 440-884-2138
Email: kshuman@cityofparma-oh.gov

Committees: Finance, Public Housing, Appointment Scanning, Public Safety, Public Service

Councilwoman Kammy Coyle Shuman is a longtime resident of Parma. She moved to Parma in 1971 with her mother, Mary; her father, Hugh; and six older brothers. She also has one sister who was born in Parma. The family lived on Hollywood Drive and was instrumental in starting Parma’s hockey program. Throughout her childhood, Shuman enjoyed skating at Forestwood and Greenbrier ice rinks.

In 1988, she graduated from Padua Franciscan High School in Parma and then earned  a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea. After college, she worked for 16 years as a travel agent for the family business, Encompass the World Travel.

In 2008, Shuman became a fitness instructor and taught yoga and fitness classes. She was also active at her children’s school, St. Columbkille, where she helped with marketing and volunteered at the parish and annual Parent Teacher Union fish fry.

From 2013 to 2019, she was a recruiter at her alma mater, Padua. In 2020, she began working at Oak Tree Wealth Partners in Independence, Ohio, and is currently the operations manager.

She has been married for 20 years to her husband, Tony, a business teacher at Padua. They have two children: Anthony, age 17, and Elizabeth, age 15.

Shuman is excited to begin her term on council, filling the seat left vacant by former Councilman Brian Brochetti, who resigned in January 2021 after 10 years of service.


Ward 8     

Linda Kohar      
8219 Manorford Drive
Parma, Ohio  44129
Phone: 440-345-5180
Email: lkohar@cityofparma-oh.gov

Committees: Finance, Public Housing, Governmental Operations, Planning, Environmental Standards, Appointment Scanning

Councilwoman Linda Kohar continues her first term serving Ward 8. It is her first experience holding public office.

Much has transpired since beginning her first year, including the COVID-19 pandemic, which has drastically changed everyone’s daily lives and interactions. In spite of these challenges, Kohar has considered it an honor and privilege to assist residents. Getting to know residents personally, helping when possible and working to make Parma a better place to live is important to her. 

Kohar graduated from Cuyahoga Community College with an associate degree in Applied Business. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Baldwin Wallace University, graduating cum laude while working full time at British Petroleum as a programmer/analyst and raising two daughters. Her later work experience included nine years as a security officer for the Transportation Security Administration at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

Kohar is a grandmother and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. An avid cyclist, she rides with an informal cycling group and is a member of Bike Cleveland. Hiking, yoga, and reading are her other favorite past times.

A Parma resident for the past six years, Kohar loves the sense of community here.


Ward 9

Roy Jech     
President Pro Tem
2325 Keystone Road
Parma, Ohio  44134
Phone: 216-272-6418
rjech@cityofparma-oh.gov

Committees: Finance, Public Housing, Environmental Standards, Governmental Operations, Appointment Scanning

This is Councilman Roy Jech’s second stint on Parma City Council. A resident of Ward 9 for 40 years, he served the ward from 1996 to 2014. He was appointed January 2019 to complete the term of Ward 9 Councilman Jeffrey Crossman, who began his term at a state house representative in January 2019.

Jech is a retired Local #120 pipefitter, Valley Forge High School graduate, U.S. Army veteran and member of St. Columbkille, where he has coached baseball, softball and basketball, and served on the parish’s athletic board. He has also coached baseball and softball for the Parma Recreation Department and was involved with the YMCA’s Adventure Guides and Princesses. 

He worked on the West Creek Conservancy development and has served on the board of directors for the Keating Center. He was instrumental in the renaming of State Road Park to Veterans Memorial Park and was involved in the organizing, fundraising and volunteer coordination of the Veterans Memorial, of which he serves as chair.

He and his wife, Maureen, have been married for 40 years. They have three children.

 

Location 

City of Parma
6611 Ridge Road
Parma, Ohio 44129 

Hours 

Monday - Friday 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Contact

Council Office:
Phone: 440-885-8091
Fax: 440-885-8087
Email: council@cityofparma-oh.gov

Codified Ordinances

Codified Ordinances

Parma Wards and
Voting Locations

Map of Wards & Voting Locations

Meeting Agendas

Council Meeting Feb. 3