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Akron, Ohio

CITY OF AKRON MOURNS PASSING OF LONGTIME PUBLIC SERVANT BOB OTTERMAN

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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 05-06-2016

Akron, Ohio, May 6, 2016– Former Akron Councilman Robert J. Otterman passed away this afternoon. He was 84.

Mayor Dan Horrigan is requesting flags bearing the City of Akron Seal be lowered to half-staff immediately in memory of the longtime public servant. Otterman retired five years ago in 2011 after a 41-year career in public service. He served as a teacher, counselor, councilman and state representative.

“Bob’s legacy will continue to live on in the lives of those he served, taught and motivated to enter politics and help their communities,” said Mayor Horrigan.

“His dedicated life of public service is a model for all of us to follow. Bob will be missed,” added the Mayor.

“I served with Bob on City Council for years. When I first joined Council, Bob was a Council-at-Large, member. He was a champion for the schools, youth, and active adults. He was there for everyone…Bob was a true servant and gave his all,” added John Valle, Director of the Department of Neighborhood Assistance.

Council-at-Large member Jeff Fusco, shared his thoughts, “Bob helped the new people on Council learn the landscape. He showed us the importance of knowing the city, state and schools inside and out, it was amazing to me how much he knew. Bob epitomized what a councilman should be – working with his colleagues on council, working with the community and the administration to get things done. He was beloved by the community.”

It has been locally documented that Otterman ran for City Council Ward 6 seat in 1969 at the encouragement of students enrolled in his U.S.. government class at Ellet High School. He won the seat and went on to serve the residents of Ellet for more than 30 years. Otterman served the 45th District of the Ohio House of Representatives from 2008 to 2011.

For further information, contact:
Christine R. Curry
Director of Communications
166 South High Street, Akron, Ohio 44306
www.akronohio.gov
Phone: 330/375-2209
E-mail: [email protected]

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