Jeff Fusco became the 61st Mayor of the City Akron on June 11, 2015. Mayor Fusco has served the City of Akron in various roles during the past thirty years.
He was first elected as Ward 10 Councilman in 1985, elected as Council at Large in 1993 and elevated by his peers to Council Vice-President in 1996. In 1997, then Mayor Donald Plusquellic recognized Councilman Fusco’s managerial skills and work ethic and appointed him to the Cabinet position of Deputy Service Director. While serving in that capacity, he was responsible for implementing Akron's successful 311 Call Center, saving taxpayers’ dollars with his work combining the City of Akron and Summit County Weights and Measures Departments and securing non-state funding to retain the Keep Akron Beautiful program.
Additionally, then Deputy Service Director Fusco was responsible for oversight of Akron's highly successful Recreation Bureau, served as Akron’s representative to the Akron Marathon, was part of the community-wide team that started the LeBron James Shooting Stars Classic and was instrumental in having the Ohio High School Athletic Association bring the Girls’ Fast Pitch Ohio High School State Championships to Akron’s Firestone Stadium.
Fusco retired from the Service Director’s office in 2007 and started his own appraisal and consulting business. He had prior experience in the profession from his early career in public service as a Deputy Auditor in the Summit County Auditor’s Office. He advanced to real estate appraiser and continues to hold a General Certificate in Real Estate Appraisal from the State of Ohio and a dual designation from the American Society of Appraisers. He had also been Vice President of Operations for Barry R. Ankney, Inc. Real Estate Appraisal Company.
Mayor Fusco learned early in his legislative career that building consensus and working with the community builds stronger neighborhoods. Sponsoring legislation with other Council representatives, he worked to rid neighborhoods of junk cars, high grass and worked with various groups to curtail drug abuse. That work resulted in acknowledgment and recognition by the Community Drug Board for his outstanding service as Chair of Akron's Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
When on City Council, Fusco established two Community Development areas in his ward, which resulted in the infusion of millions of dollars into neighborhood improvements. He secured funds for constructing two little league baseball fields and sponsored legislation that enabled East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation to develop a Safe Harbor Business Incubator for minority businesses.
In 2009, he again successfully ran for an Akron City Council At Large seat, chairing Akron City Council’s Planning Committee from 2010 until June 1, 2015 when he was again elevated by his peers, this time being elected as President of Akron City Council. Pursuant to City Charter, he became Mayor on June 11, 2015 when that position became vacant. His most recent City Council accomplishments included increasing funding and enforcement against drug houses and working with Federal officials to save several of Akron's post offices.
Mayor Fusco has served tirelessly on and for various other organizations throughout the Akron community including the Akron Zoo Board, Keep Akron Beautiful, East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, Dapper Dan, Akron’s First Tee, Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve and the Rotary Club of Akron.
Among the Mayor’s political accomplishments and awards, the Summit County Democratic Party honored him as Summit County Democrat of the year in 2010 as did the Summit County Young Democrats for his service in 2009, naming its Fusco Award after him.
The local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) awarded Fusco a mentoring award for dedicated service and support to the community in 2013. St. Paul’s AME Church presented the Harold K. Stubbs Award to Fusco for distinguished service in the field of government in 2013. Greater Bethel Baptist Church Black History Month Celebration Past Unforgotten VI honored Mayor Fusco with an outstanding leadership award in 2015.
Mayor Jeff Fusco and his wife, Helen, have been married for 34 years and have two children, Steve and Sara. They are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren: Rory, Tenley, Christain and Caden, who all reside in the City of Akron.