Mayor Dennis Hanwell

Mayor Dennis Hanwell is a heroic, key figure of Medina Ohio. He has bundles of leadership qualities that he stretches to the best of his abilities. A unique trait Mayor Hanwell carries is that he is extremely loyal to everyone he meets. He most importantly respects everyone's point of view on various subjects that are discussed on and off his job. Some other distinctive qualities he uses to serve Medina is his sense of humor. He is an easy going person and is open to everyone's ideas. His job requires countless hours of hard work everyday. It's not just a 9 to 5 job a lot of people have. His loyalty to the city is more important than his personal accomplishments.

He attended the University of Akron and received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. He also proudly collected a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration at Tiffin University. Prior to becoming mayor, he had over 30 years of law enforcement experience. He started out as an officer, then gradually moved up the ranks to Lieutenant, then finally police chief of the City of Medina.

Mayor Hanwell chose to run for office of the mayor as it would be a natural next step for him. The previous mayor was resigning and he felt that his election would save the jobs of other city officials. If the political party of the mayor changes in an election, often times those employees hired under the previous mayor would be replaced. He believed the city had a great thing going, so he resigned from his position of police chief and was successful in becoming mayor of Medina.

Under Mayor Hanwell's leadership, the City of Medina was named one of 100 best communities in the nation for young people by CNN Money. One of Mayor Hanwell's biggest goal is to strive to keep Medina a fun, spirited community the way it had been and improve it to the best of his abilities. Medina continues to increasingly grow every year with Mayor Hanwell.

He stated why Medina is winning best affordable place to live, and also why it's the best place to celebrate Christmas. He stated, "Everyone is really pushing towards to the same direction. It's mostly with the help of the Administration, the Council, The Chamber, and lastly the schools."

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Mayor Dennis Hanwell

Mayor Dennis Hanwell

Mayor of Medina, since January 1, 2010. He had over 30 years of law enforcement experience prior to becoming mayor. Image courtesy of the Mayor's Office View File Details Page

State of the city address

State of the city address

Mayor Hanwell presents the state of the city on September 4th. In his speech he stated, "I can't tell you that the city's doing excellent because I think that there's always room for change and advancement, and improvement." Also, in his speech to the public he discussed the four main accomplishments in 2012. Image Courtesy of Kiera Manion Fischer, the Medina Gazette View File Details Page

Medina City Hall

Medina City Hall

Mayor Hanwell's office is located inside Medina City Hall. Council and public meetings are held here. If Mayor Hanwell is not seated in his office, he is either spending countless hours in the general public or attending meetings and events regarding Medina. Image Courtesy of Kimberly Rice View File Details Page

Handel's Ice Cream Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Handel's Ice Cream Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Mayor Hanwell participated in the grand opening of Handel's Ice Cream. The economic growth of the city under Mayor Hanwell has been steady. Image Courtesy of Kimberly Rice View File Details Page

Dennis Hanwell, Chief of Medina Police Department

Dennis Hanwell, Chief of Medina Police Department

Hanwell resigned from his position of Police Chief to run for mayor. When Hanwell was Police Chief he was bringing in $100,000 a year. He had been chief for close to 13 years upon running for mayor. He had to make a crucial decision because the mayor only makes $62,000 a year, which is $38,000 dollars less then what he was making as Police Chief. Image Courtesy of Donna J. Miller View File Details Page

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Austin Schweppe, “Mayor Dennis Hanwell,” Discover Medina, accessed June 23, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/63.

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