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2016 Cuyahoga Falls City Council swearing in.

About City Council

City Council consists of three at-large seats that represent the entirety of Cuyahoga Falls and eight additional members that represent their wards. Voters elect their ward councilmembers every two years, and their at-large representatives every four years during odd-year elections.

Duties of Council

Councilmembers are the first line of communication for residents to voice their opinion, report concerns and ask questions about their neighborhood or the community at-large. Council is responsible for and are required to listen to the citizens who elect them. Here in Cuyahoga Falls, specific tasks are:

  • Council President dumps freezing water on the Mayor in the 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.Communicating policies and programs to residents
  • Passing ordinances and resolutions
  • Representing the community
  • Responding  to constituent needs and complaints
  • Reviewing and approve the annual budget

Additionally, council and the administration work hand-in-hand with the community for the betterment of all, as demonstrated to the right where Council President Mary Ellen Pyke and Mayor Don Walters participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in remembrance of Robert E. Pyke, Jr., 4/28/1948 - 1/24/2016.

Learn more details in the Council Rules.

Committees & Board Representation

Councilmembers are appointed to committees by the President of Council. The sub committees within Cuyahoga Falls City Council provide an opportunity for a few members of council to thoroughly consider items of business and then make recommendations towards action to the full body. This allows citizens to participate in specific matters of interest.

There is a wide variety of boards and commissions that work to conduct the city’s business. Councilmembers are also assigned to several of these groups to represent their constituents’ voices on the varying and important topics.

Visit Council Committees & Appointments to learn about council assignments. For information on upcoming meetings, visit the city calendar.


Clerk of Council

The clerk aids city council and works with the members to execute their duties at council meetings, including reading legislation, accounting for votes, processing meeting minutes and posting meeting notices. Council elects its own clerk every two years.