Daniel Horrigan was sworn in as the 62nd Mayor of Akron on January 1, 2016. He brings sixteen years of distinguished public service to the office of Mayor. His experience in elected office, and a family legacy rooted in Akron’s North Hill, have fueled his desire to lead Akron in the 21st century.
After earning a BA in Economics from Kent State University, Dan earned an education degree from the University of Akron. While obtaining his second degree, Dan earned a living as a “curb boy” at Swenson’s restaurant. He also worked part-time at the House of La Rose and was a member of the Teamsters Union as a driver’s helper.
From 1996 to 1998, Dan taught social studies at St.Vincent-St.Mary High School, where he and 24 other family members have graduated. While teaching at Stow-Munroe Falls High School, Dan founded the successful Advanced Placement class in Economics, which continues today.
Recognizing an opportunity to give back to the North Hill community that had four supported generations of his family, Dan campaigned for and won election to Akron City Council’s Ward 1 in 1999. He chaired the Public Utilities Committee and saw first-hand the problems with the city’s combined sewer overflows. Dan’s leadership proved critical in constructing a $21 million retention basin on Cuyahoga Street (Rack 40) which can hold 10 million gallons of runoff, alleviating roughly a third of the city’s CSO problem.
When a large part of Highland Square was added to Ward 1 in 2001, Dan gathered business leaders and residents to develop a comprehensive plan for the neighborhood. The plan’s vision led to a new library, new school, and new grocery store. Dan says working with the residents on highly contentious issues taught him the "power of listening.”
In 2007, the Democratic Party of Summit County selected Dan as the Clerk of Summit County’s Common Pleas Courts, a job that makes him responsible for collecting and distributing $120 million public dollars each year. During his tenure there, the office has been able to boast of consistently clean audits by the State.
As Clerk, Dan managed an office of 87 public employees. He was a partner to judges and lawyers in overseeing the modernization of court technology, which produced the system of e-filing documents for the Civil and Domestic divisions, with the Criminal division to follow.
Dan’s accomplishments have been recognized throughout the State of Ohio. He was elected president of the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association in 2012. Ohio’s Chief Justice appointed Dan to serve on commissions that oversee the Court’s Rules of Superintendence, the funding of courts, and the use of new technology. He has been a member of the Summit County Criminal Justice Advisory Board that is composed of Judges and Law Enforcement officers.
Dan knows the city’s future rests on engaged leadership to provide good jobs and strong neighborhoods so his three daughters and all of Akron’s children can enjoy the quality of life that Dan, his wife Deanna, and his extended family have been lucky to have in Akron for four generations.