Dean E. DePiero is the 13th and youngest mayor
elected to serve as the City of Parma, Ohio's chief
executive officer. The municipality is Ohio's seventh
largest city with a population of over 85,000.
Among the other fine businesses throughout Parma, we
are proud to be home to General Motors Metal Fabrication
Division and Graftech - an international leader in graphite
Prior to taking office on January 1, 2004, DePiero
represented the 15th Ohio House District for five years.
At the time, the district included Parma, Brooklyn,
Linndale and Middleburg Heights. He served as House
Democratic leader - the highest ranking party member
in the legislative body. DePiero also represented the
residents of the City of Parma, Ward 4, as their council
representative from 1995 - 1998.
After being elected mayor, DePiero made across-the-board
reforms and cost-cutting initiatives.
He has implemented major programs such as police accountability,
far-ranging streets and road improvements, spurred economic
development and new housing construction, improved parks
and recreational activities, boosted programs for seniors
and sparked an overall resurgence for the municipality.
A key component to DePiero's vision is an intense focus
on improving the local economy through growth of our
medical facilities. The City of Parma is proud to be
home to Parma Community General Hospital, one of the
areas only remaining independent, not-for-profit hospitals,
as well as Kaiser Permanente - the largest Kaiser facility
east of the Mississippi. Next year, the Veterans Administration
is expected to break ground for a state-of-the-art outpatient
Additionally, Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus
- which is located in the city - will soon open a Health
Technology Center to train future health care workers.
In July 2008, DePiero married local Fox 8 personality
Kathleen Cochrane. DePiero is the youngest of four children
born to Jerry and Roberta. He was born at Parma Hospital
in 1968 and grew up in the city. DePiero's father is
a retired Parma fire fighter and owns and operates a
realty company in Parma with his wife.
DePiero attended Holy Name High School, graduated from
Ashland (OH) University in 1990 and earned a law degree
from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1994.
He began his political career in 1995 as a councilman
for the City of Parma. During the same time, he served
as an assistant law director and prosecutor for the
City of Berea - also a Cleveland suburb. DePiero was
elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1997
and took office in January 1998.
A staunch proponent of regionalism, DePiero was elected President of the Ohio Municipal League, serves on the executive committee of the Cuyahoga County Mayors and Managers Association, is a board member for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), and is a past board member of the Northeast Ohio Area Coordinating Agency.
He was also asked to serve on the Governor Strickland's
transition team as an advisor as well as to review Ohio's
He was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1994. DePiero is
also a member of the Parma, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County,
and Ohio Bar Associations and is a practicing attorney
with an office in Parma. He specializes in business
and contract law, criminal law, real estate law and
probate law and also serves as "Of Counsel" for McDonald
Hopkins attorneys at law located in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 2001, Crain's Cleveland Business named DePiero one
if its "40 under 40", which spotlights 40 Greater Clevelanders
under the age of 40 who have made an impact on northeast
Accomplishments of the DePiero Administration
- Worked with Safety Director Gregory Baeppler and
Police Chief Daniel Hoffman to restructure and implement
needed reform within the Police Department.
- Hired new police and fire recruits for the first
time in over four years.
- Brought added technology to the Police Department
through the purchase of in-car computers for patrol
officers. (Soon to be added to patrol cars will be
dashboard video cameras.)
- Saw several new housing construction projects begin,
the first such projects in decades.
- Two new fire stations are under construction that
will replace outdated facilities and better serve
Parma residents. New fire stations to be completed
in spring/early summer 2007.
- Finalized the creation of 300-plus acres of protected
green space within the City through partnerships between
the City, the Cleveland Metroparks and the West Creek
- Continued working relationship with the Parma City
Schools, including a partnership to improve an abandoned
construction site on Biscayne Avenue.
- Improved recreational facilities throughout the
City including the ball fields and adding a walking
path at Veteran's Memorial Park.
- Improved City Hall through upgrading the heating/cooling
system. Installed new windows to reduce energy costs;
thus a savings to taxpayers. Authorized the modernization
of City Hall's first floor conference room.
- Overseeing the sale of the city-owned and operated
Schaaf Community Center which had become a costly
burden to the City. Participating in a multi-community
review to study the potential of fire department regionalization.
- Appointed an independent Blue Ribbon Commission
to review City finances and operations to help guide
- Oversaw the widening of Pleasant Valley Road and
the installation of several sanitary sewer systems.
- Increased partnership with Parma's ministerial community.
- Created the Parma Community Emergency Response Team
(CERT) to work in collaboration with the Parma Fire
Department in the event of emergencies.
- Increased the partnership between the City and Parmatown
Mall to include moving the City's Department of Recreation
into the facility.
- Balanced three (3) budgets, and working on a fourth,
despite tightening tax dollars.
- Completed half of contract negotiations with City
unions with the remainder to be completed soon. Through
this process and for the first time, have employees
making a contribution to their healthcare coverage.
- Implemented a fair and ongoing sweep of the City's
residential properties to ensure maintenance of Parma's
housing stock. The objective is to continue making
the municipality a great place to live and raise a
- Approved expansion of Manor Care's Arden Courts
on Sprague Road that will create additional jobs.
- Eliminated the ability of cabinet-level members
of the Administration to earn overtime and compensatory
time; saving tax dollars.
- Brought increased technology to City Hall by creating
a municipal website, implementing email and internet
access to employees and encouraged direct deposit
of employees' paychecks.
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