MICHAEL KILBANE – PRESIDENT OF COUNCIL
Council President Michael Kilbane was elected to serve the residents of Ward 5 in 2008. On April 6th, 2009 Michael was chosen by his fellow Council members to fill a vacancy in the Council President position. Michael was re-elected as Council President in the fall of 2011 and began serving a four year term on January 1, 2012. As Council President he presides over both Council and Committee Meetings in order to maintain proper procedure and ensure that all meetings are held in accordance with the Ohio Sunshine Laws. The President of Council also establishes the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Council’s standing committees and provides general supervision to the Clerk of Council. He enjoys all of the powers, duties, functions, obligations and rights of any other member of Council and, with the Charter amendments passed in 2009, now has full voting rights as well. Mike has lived in Fairview Park for more than twenty-two years and has three children. Mike is a twenty-six year member of the Structural Ironworkers Local Union 17 and is also a delegate to the Cleveland AFL-CIO Northshore Federation of Labor.
PEGGY CLEARY – COUNCIL AT-LARGE
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After moving to Fairview Park from Lakewood in 2001, Peggy ran for and was elected to Fairview Park City Council in 2005 and has been reelected by the residents to serve as Councilwoman At Large in 2007, 2009 and again in 2011. She is a member of all three standing City Council committees, and currently serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee. Peggy is the City Council appointee to the Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council, Fairview Park Community Council, and West Shore Fire District Study. She also has a long history of community and civic involvement and serves as a Board Member of the Northeast Ohio City Council Association (NOCCA); Fairview Park Summerfest Committee; Fairview Park Centennial Committee and is a former Board Member for the HELP Foundation, a local non-profit agency serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Peggy is a graduate of Kent State University and, as Licensed Social Worker, has over 28 years experience working in both public schools and community-based agencies.
BRIAN McDONOUGH – WARD 1
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Brian McDonough was elected to serve the residents of Ward 1 on November 8, 2011. Brian is an assistant Cuyahoga County prosecuting attorney assigned to the Major Trial Unit where he prosecutes homicides and sex crimes. Brian chairs the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team and teaches for the Ohio Attorney General Sexual Assault Response Training Team. Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Northeastern Ohio recognized Brian with its Prosecutor Award in 2010 and 2011. Brian is married to Elizabeth Wagner McDonough and is the father of Gavin, Kate and Lauren. Brian graduated from Saint Ignatius High School in 1992, the University of Notre Dame in 1996, and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2000. Brian volunteers as pro bono attorney for Hospice of the Western Reserve, serves as a Eucharistic minister at Saint Angela Merici Church, and leads the Webelos Scouts in Cub Scout Pack 401. On Council Brian serves as Vice-Chair of the Local Government and Community Services Committee, and is Council’s representative to the Cable Regulatory Staff and Community Councils.
WILLIAM F. MINEK – WARD 2
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Councilman William (Bill) Minek, a retired Fairview Park Police Officer, and his wife Jeanine have lived in Fairview Park for thirty years. Bill was elected Councilman by the residents of Ward 2 in 1985. Over the next twenty-five years, he was also elected to serve as Council President and Councilman At Large for the City. In 2004, he returned to his original position serving the residents of Ward 2 and has been reelected at each election since then. Bill is currently Chairman of the Environment, Public Works, Planning, Zoning and Development Committee, Council’s representative to the Planning & Design Commission, Board of Control, Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council and Senior Life Advisory Council. Councilman Minek also has the distinction of being Fairview Park’s 2004 Citizen of the Year. Bill is the President of Fairview Park Fine Arts & Theatre Association, Senior Council, Inc., and also serves as President of the Fairview Park Municipal Foundation (SummerFest). He is a member of Community Council, Chamber of Commerce, Historical Society, Safe Routes to School Program, Friends of the Library, Gemini Center, Senior Center, Northeast Ohio City Council Association, Messiah Lutheran Church, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #25 and Metropolitan Crime Clinic. On January 3, 2012 Bill was chosen as Council President Pro Tempore by his fellow members of Council and will preside over meetings if the Council President is unavailable.
PAUL WOJNAR – WARD 3
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Paul Wojnar was elected to serve the residents of Ward 3 on November 8, 2011. Paul and his wife Jackie have lived in Ward 3 for over 20 years and are parishioners of St. Angela Merici church. They have two children, Seth and Brooke. Paul grew up on the west side of Cleveland, graduated from St. Ignatius High School and Cleveland State University with a BBA in Accounting. His work experience includes 24 years at UPS, and as Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Union Local 407 since 2003. Paul is Council’s representative to the Parks and Recreation Commission, Board of S.A.F.E. (Safe Air for Everyone), Board of Taxation Review and Vice Chair of the Finance Committee.
JOHN HINKEL – WARD 4
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Councilman John M. Hinkel was appointed to fill the vacant Ward 4 position by the members of Council on March 2, 2009, and was subsequently elected to his first full term in the fall of 2009 and reelected in 2011. John is Chair of Council’s Local Government and Community Services Committee. John and his wife, Erin have been residents of Fairview Park since 2000 and are the proud parents of Connor (Gilles-Sweet) and Kathryn (Parkview). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cleveland State University with a double major in Economics and International Relations with a minor in German. He completed his MBA in Financial Reporting at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in 2008. He is currently a Business Analyst in Information Technology at KeyBank. John is a member of the Fairview Park Youth Association and a parishioner at Saint Angela Merici.
ANGELO RUSSO – WARD 5
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Angelo Russo was appointed by members of council to fill a vacant seat for Ward 5 on August 13, 2014. He and his wife Karlie have lived in Fairview Park for 10 years where they are parishioners of St. Angela Merici Church. They have two children, Gianna and Nathan who both attend SAM School. Angelo is originally from Westlake. He attended St. Ignatius High School and Cleveland State University, where he received his law degree in 2002. Angelo has been an attorney for 12 years with his own general practice firm in Fairview Park, which concentrates on Real Estate and Business law. He is active in Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce, West Shore Rotary Club, and many other community events and organizations.
LIZ WESTBROOKS – CLERK OF COUNCIL
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Liz Westbrooks was appointed as Clerk of Council in November 2012. The Clerk of Council manages the City Council office, maintains the public record, prepares meeting agendas, and answers all inquiries as to Council proceedings or legislative activities. Liz attended Temple University in Philadelphia, and has completed fellowships with the National Urban League and the National Center for Progressive Leadership. Active in politics and government for the last 17 years, she is fully aware of the legislative process from start to finish. Liz has worked as a Government Relations Specialist in the private sector, and as a Legislative Assistant for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. No stranger to public service, she has served as both a Human Relations and Civil Service Commissioner. She has also served on a variety of other municipal and community-oriented boards – including elected office – as member of the school board, where she was elected as President during her tenure. She currently serves as the the Treasurer for the Northeast Ohio Municipal Clerk Association (NEOMCA) and as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Board for the Northeast Ohio City Council Association (NOCCA). Liz and her husband, Chris live in Fairview Park with their three children.