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Duties of the Mayor’s Office

The mayor is the chief executive officer of city government and was elected by a majority of eligible voters. Each term of office is four years and without term limits.

The Office of Mayor is responsible for the following municipal services and departments:

  • Safety (police, fire and EMS)
  • Service (street repairs, leaf removal, tree trimming, street cleaning, etc.)
  • Building & Engineering (commercial and residential building code enforcement)
  • Economic Development & Community Services (enhancing commercial and residential market values)
  • Donna Smallwood Activities Center (activities and services for area senior residents)
  • Parks and Recreation (management of municipal parks, recreational activities and recreation facilities, including Ridgewood Golf Course)
  • North Coast Housing Connections (management of government funded and affordable housing for those who qualify)
  • Human Resources and Purchasing (responsible for purchasing of goods and services required by various municipal departments and oversight of municipal hiring practices and policies)
  • Communications and Community Relations (responsible for media relations, social media, web content and publications; communicates to external audiences; serves as a liaison between the mayor and various community organizations)


Timothy DeGeeter

Contact Information
Office: 440-885-8001

Mayor Timothy DeGeeter is the 14th mayor of Parma, Ohio’s seventh largest city. DeGeeter has made improving residents’ quality of life, supporting economic development, repairing the city’s infrastructure and preserving public recreational greenspace his top priorities during his administration.

DeGeeter embraces his leadership responsibilities with active service. He sits on the executive board of the Ohio Mayors Alliance, serves on the board of the Ohio Municipal League and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, and is a member of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). He supports the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce and co-founded Parma’s Leadership for Tomorrow, a program that partners with Cox Communications and local Parma schools to educate fourth graders about municipal government.

Prior to his role as mayor, DeGeeter served in the Ohio House of Representatives. He also was a former Parma Ward 4 councilman, City of Berea assistant municipal prosecutor, City of Avon Lake assistant law director and Parma Bar Association president.

DeGeeter, adopted at birth, grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana, near South Bend. He attended Holy Cross Junior College and transferred to John Carroll University. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1991 and later earned his law degree in 1997 from Cleveland State University College of Law, where he met his wife, Pam. They have two children, Jack and Molly.

Chief of Staff

Rich Summers

Contact Information
Office: 440-885-8009

Communications Director

Carolyn Kovach

Contact Information
Office: 440-885-8181

Executive Secretary

Michelle Blair

Contact Information
Office: 440-885-8001


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


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