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City of Akron


The City of Akron is located in the County of Summit in northeast Ohio, approximately 35 miles south of Cleveland.  The City, which is the county seat, was incorporated in 1836.

 
The City operates under and is governed by its Charter, which was first adopted by the voters in 1918 and which has been and may be amended by City voters from time to time.  The City is also subject to certain general laws applicable to all cities in the State. Under the Ohio Constitution, the City may exercise all powers of local self-government, and may enact police, sanitary, and similar regulations to the extent not in conflict with applicable general laws.  The Charter provides for a Mayor-Council form of government.
 
Legislative authority of the City is vested in a 13-member Council. Three members are elected at-large for four-year terms; ten members are elected from wards for two-year terms.  The Council fixes compensation of City officials and employees and enacts ordinances and resolutions relating to City services, tax levies, appropriating and borrowing money, licensing and regulating businesses and trades, and other municipal purposes. The presiding officer is the President of Council, who is elected by the Council to serve until a new President is elected. The Charter establishes certain administrative departments and authorizes the Council, by a two-thirds vote, to establish additional departments and divisions within the departments
 
The City’s chief executive and administrative officer is the Mayor, who is elected by the voters to that office for a four-year term.  The Mayor appoints the directors of the City departments. The major appointed officials are the Directors of Finance, Law, Planning, and Public Service and the Deputy Mayors. The Mayor also appoints members to a number of boards and commissions and appoints and removes, in accordance with civil service requirements, all appointed officers and employees, with a few exceptions, such as Council officers and employees and personnel directors.
 
The Mayor may veto any legislation passed by the Council. A veto may be overridden by a two-thirds vote of all members of the Council.  All elected officials, except the Mayor, serve part-time.

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Mayor's Office of Economic Development 166 S. High Street Akron, Ohio 44308 Phone:330.375.2133

Mayor's Office of Economic Development 166 S. High Street Akron, Ohio 44308 Phone:330.375.2133



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