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The Ohio Municipal League was incorporated as an Ohio non-profit corporation in 1952 by city and village officials who saw the need for a statewide association to serve the interests of Ohio municipal government.

The Ohio Municipal League is governed by a Board of Trustees, elected by the membership. The Board consists of all past presidents of the League, as long as they are municipal officials, and 28 Trustees elected for two-year terms. Of the 28 Trustees, at least one must be: the mayor of a city or village; a city manager; a fiscal officer or finance director; a solicitor or director of law; a member of a municipal legislative body, other than the mayor. The Board is the policy-making body and appoints an Executive Director to manage the League under their general direction.

Any city or village, by proper action of its legislative body and payment of the annual membership fee, may become a member. When an Ohio municipality becomes an active League member, all of the elected and key appointed officials are eligible to use the available services.


The OML represents the collective interest of Ohio cities and villages before the Ohio General Assembly and the state elected and administrative offices. An official legislative policy is developed every other year by a process that begins with the legislative committee and ends with the approval of the League's legislative policy statement by the membership at the annual conference.

Numerous bills affecting cities and villages are introduced each session. While the Ohio General Assembly is in session, weekly legislative bulletins are sent to municipal officials by regular mail and e-mail. These are supplemented by "fax bulletins" usually outlining some specific or fast action required. Legislative directories with Senators and Representatives addresses, phone numbers and committee assignments are provided to our members. And the first of each year, the League conducts a legislative conference where Senate and House leadership speak and the Senators and Representatives attend as invited guests.

OML staff testifies before legislative committees, coordinates testimony of municipal officials, prepares amendments, and meets and confers with legislators and their staff regularly.

Through its membership in the National League of Cities, the OML is able to keep Ohio's municipalities alerted to activities in Washington. Cities that are members of the OML are eligible to become direct member cities of NLC; only direct member city officials may serve on NLC Committees.


As part of the outreach to members initiative, the OML has instituted a field representative program. A part-time employee of the League schedules visits to assist local officials in understanding how to better utilize the services of the OML. Our field representative will answer inquiries, provide minor technical assistance and inform members of important League sponsored and endorsed programs, training opportunities or pending and passed legislation.


Legal Advocacy Program - In 1984 the OML established a Legal Advocacy Program funded by voluntary contributions of the members. This program allows the League to serve as the voice of cities and villages before the Ohio Supreme Court and the US Appeals and Supreme Court by filing briefs amicus curiae on cases of special concern to municipal governments.

Workers' Comp. Group Rating Pool - Established in 1991 as the result of a state law change, this program offers members of the League who qualify for and join the pool an opportunity to reduce their annual workers comp premiums. In addition the members receive assistance with claims administration from CompManagement, the plan administrator.


The Ohio Municipal League has been accredited by the Ohio Supreme Court as a sponsor of both Continuing Legal Education Programs for attorneys and the required Mayors Court training for Mayors hearing all types of cases. In addition OML is an authorized sponsor of continuing education programs by the Ohio Accountancy board.

Regular Training Activities:
Regional Seminars for Veteran and Newly Elected Municipal Officials
Mayors Court Training (year round)
Income Tax Seminar (Annual)
OML Annual Conference
Annual Conferences of Cooperating Associations.


The staff responds to numerous requests for information on municipal problems. Resource documents include:

Sample ordinances from other Ohio cities and villages
Sample municipal policies
Municipal charters
Elected and appointed officials salaries
Ohio Revised Code
Ohio Administrative Code
Ohio Attorney General Opinions
Ohio Court Decisions
U.S. Code Service
Federal Register
Department of Taxation Reports
Publications from other State Municipal Leagues
National League of Cities Reports
Publications of National Organizations representing municipal officials

Original letter granting the OML it's Non Profit status.

(as amended 10/28/16)



This organization shall be known as THE OHIO MUNICIPAL LEAGUE.



Section 1. The purpose of this organization shall be the improvement of municipal government and the promotion of the general welfare of the cities and villages of this State by appropriate means, including, but not limited to, the following:



Section 1. Any city or village of Ohio by proper action of its legislative body, and the payment of the annual dues prescribed in Article IV, may become a member of The Ohio Municipal League.

Section 2.Each city and village holding membership in The Ohio Municipal League shall be equally privileged with every other city and village holding membership therein in its voice and vote in the election of officers and upon any proposition presented for discussion or decision at any meeting of the members.

Section 3. Such other classes of membership may be established as the Board of Trustees may from time to time determine, but such membership shall carry no voting privileges.



Section 1. The annual dues for each class of membership shall be prescribed by the Board of Trustees. No change in the dues schedule shall become effective until it has been announced at the annual meeting. Membership dues shall be payable annually in advance at the beginning of The Ohio Municipal League's fiscal year; provided that the membership dues of any city or village becoming a member of The Ohio Municipal League after the beginning of such fiscal year, shall for the first such year be prorated upon a quarterly basis. (Section 1 Amended 9-26-69)

Section 2. A member whose dues have not been paid by June 15th in any year shall cease to be in good standing. No representative of any member not in good standing shall be eligible to hold office or serve as a member of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees shall from time to time adopt and amend such regulations as it shall deem advisable concerning the cancellation of membership, discontinuance of services and reinstatement of members not in good standing. (Section 2 added 10-1-54)



Section 1. - The officers of The Ohio Municipal League shall be a President, a First Vice President, a Second Vice President, chosen by the Board of Trustees from its membership; and an Executive Director who shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees and who shall be the Secretary and Treasurer of The Ohio Municipal League.

Section 2. - DUTIES

It shall be the duty of the Board of Trustees to hold and control the property and manage the lawful business of The Ohio Municipal League, and to submit an annual report to its members. The duties of all other officers shall be those prescribed by theseBy-Laws, or customarily incident to such office, or designated by the Board of Trustees.


The Board of Trustees shall consist of the two immediate past presidents of the League as long as they are municipal officials, and twenty two (22) trustees elected for a term of four (4) years each; not less than one of whom shall be the mayor of a city or village; not less than one of whom shall be a city manager; not less than one of whom shall be a fiscal officer or finance director; not less than one of whom shall be a solicitor or director of law; not less than one of whom shall be a municipal clerk; and not less than one of whom shall be a member of a municipal legislative body, other than Mayor. Provision shall be made by the Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of the Executive Director, for the establishment of geographical districts not less than nine (9) in number, each of which shall be entitled to the representation of at least one member of the Board of Trustees. Until such districts are so established each of the following districts shall be entitled to be represented on the Board of Trustees by a trustee elected from such district:

DISTRICT 1 - Lucas, Williams, Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding, Wood, and Putnam Counties.

DISTRICT 2 - Ottawa, Sandusky, Erie, Seneca, Huron, Wyandot, Crawford, and Richland Counties.

DISTRICT 3 - Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Wayne, Ashland, Stark, and Holmes Counties.

DISTRICT 4 - Lake, Ashtabula, Geauga, Trumbull, Portage, Mahoning, Columbiana, and Carroll Counties.

DISTRICT 5 - Jefferson, Harrison, Belmont, Monroe, Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Muskingum, and Guernsey Counties.

DISTRICT 6 - Fairfield, Perry, Morgan, Noble, Athens, Washington, Meigs, and Gallia Counties.

DISTRICT 7 - Marion, Morrow, Union, Knox, Delaware, Licking, Franklin, and Madison Counties.

DISTRICT 8 - Van Wert, Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Auglaize, and Shelby Counties.

DISTRICT 9 - Darke, Miami, Champaign, Preble, Montgomery, Clark, Green, and Butler Counties.

DISTRICT 10 - Fayette, Warren, Clinton, Hamilton, Clermont, Highland, Brown and Adams Counties.

DISTRICT 11 - Pickaway, Ross, Hocking, Vinton, Pike, Jackson, Scioto, and Lawrence Counties.


Nominations of trustees shall be made by a nominating committee of five (5)members to be appointed by the President; additional nominations may be made from the floor. The vote shall be by written ballot in each case where more than one person is nominated for any office to be filled. (Section 3 amended 9-22-61, 9-26-69, 9-20-84)


The Board of Trustees shall meet not less than 15 days prior to January 1, for the purpose of organizing, selecting its officers for the ensuing year, approving the budget for the ensuing year, and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before it. Thereafter the Board of Trustees shall meet not less than four times in each calendar year, one of which meetings shall be held at the same time of the annual meeting of The Ohio Municipal League. Special meetings of the board may be called by the President, the Executive Directoror by any three trustees upon three days' written notice mailed to each member of the Board stating the purpose or purpose of such meeting. The presence of eleven members shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Board and the affirmative vote of a majority of the members present, but in no event less than nine affirmative votes, shall be required for the adoption of any motion or resolution by the board. (Section 4. amended 10-1-54 and 9-22-61 and 9-26-69)


Each member of the Board of Trustees and each officer of The Ohio Municipal League, with the exception of the Executive Director, shall be at all times during term of office a qualified official of a member city or village. The terms of office of the President and the Vice-President shall be one (1) year, commencing on the first day of January next following the meeting at which selected and until a successor has been chosen and qualified. There shall be no automatic progression in office and no such officer shall be eligible to succeed himself, except if he shall be filling the unexpired term of his predecessor in such office. An automatic vacancy shall occur in any office of the Board of Trustees in the event that the person holding that office resigns, ceases to be an official or employee of a member city or village, or ceases to occupy the municipal position he held when elected or appointed as an officer, or if the Board Member has more than three (3) unexcused absences during their term of office. The President has the sole authority to excuse absences. An excused absence shall be noted at the Board of Directors meeting. All vacancies on the Board of Trustees and in the office of the President or Vice-President shall be filled by the remaining members of said Board, and each person so elected or appointed shall serve for the unexpired term of the person in whose stead they are elected. In the absence of the President at any meeting, the First Vice President shall perform the duties of the President or until the President shall appear. In the absence of both the President and First Vice President, the Second Vice President shall perform the duties of the President or until the First Vice President or the President shall appear.

(Section 5. amended 10-1-54)


The Board Trustees may vote to remove a member, by majority vote, from office upon the conviction of a crime and/or for misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance.



The annual meeting of The Ohio Municipal League shall be held at a time and a place to be designated by the Board of Trustees.


Special meetings of The Ohio Municipal League, other than as provided in Article V, may be called by the President, by the Board of Trustees, or by not less than any twenty-five (25) city or village members upon ten (10) days written notice mailed to each member of the League stating the purpose or purposes of such meeting, and no other subject shall be there considered.

Section 3. -QUORUM

The presence of representatives from a majority of those present of the member cities and villages shall constitute a quorum at any annual or special meeting of The Ohio Municipal League.



Except when otherwise provided all voting in meetings of The Ohio Municipal League shall be viva voiceunless a roll call is demanded by the representatives of three or more city or village members, in which case the representatives of each member city or village in good standing shall cast collectively one vote. A majority of the votes cast shall be necessary for a decision.



Section 1. The Executive Director shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees and shall hold office at its pleasure.

Section 2 . The Executive Director shall manage the affairs of the Association under the general direction of the Board of Trustees, subject to periodic review by the Board. He/she shall be paid a salary and other expenses to be fixed by the Board of Trustees and his/her responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to:

(a) Appointing the various employees of the Association office for the authorized positions within the expenditure limits of the annual budget established by the Board of Trustees.

(b) Proper and efficient conduct of the work of the Association.

(c) Keeping accurate records and accounts of all transactions of the Association, which shall be audited at the end of each fiscal year by a duly qualified and competent accountant to be designated by the Board of Trustees.

(d) Preparing, with the assistance of the Finance and Budget Committee, an annual budget covering estimated receipts and disbursements of the Association for presentation and approval by the Board of Trustees.

(e) Causing accurate minutes to be kept of all meetings of the Association and the Board of Trustees.

(f) Conducting the correspondence of the Association and shall mailing notices of meetings to all members.

(g) Collecting and receiving all moneys due to the Association and shall keep an accurate account thereof.

(h) Any and all other duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees.



Section 1. - APPOINTMENT

The President shall appoint such ad hoccommittees as may be deemed necessary for the proper conduct of the work of the League.

Section 2. - TENURE

All appointments to committees, unless continued, shall terminate at the next annual meeting of the League.


The President and the ExecutiveDirector shall be ex-officio members of all committees of the League.


No committee shall create any financial liability for the League, unless authorized by the Executive Director and unless a specific appropriation has been made for such an expenditure.

Section 5. - REPORTS

It shall be the duty of the chairman of each appointed committee of the League to prepare a written report, with the aid or approval of the other members of his committee, and of any employee of the League who is assigned to such committee by the ExecutiveDirector covering the work done or conclusions reached by the committee.


In addition to the appointment of various ad hoc committees, the following standing committees shall be appointed by the President from the membership of the Board of Trustees: Finance and Budget Committee, Nominating Committee, Conference Committee, Membership Committee and Legislative and Issues Committee.


A. Within the membership of the Board of Directors, there is hereby established an Executive Committee that is authorized by the Board of Directors to:

B. The composition of the Executive Committee shall consist of the President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Chair of the Nominating Committee, Chair of the Finance and Budget Committee, Chair of the Legislative and Issues Committee and one at-large member of the Board of Trustees.



In the event of dissolution, any funds or other assets to the credit of The Ohio Municipal League shall be prorated and returned to the cities and villages then of record as members in proportion to the amount of dues paid by each.



The By-Laws of The Ohio Municipal League may be amended at any meeting called in accordance with these by-lawsby a two-thirds vote of all the member cities and villages, provided that a majority vote of the member cities and villages represented at any such meeting, a quorum being present, shall be sufficient if notice of the proposed amendment and the language of such proposal shall have been mailed to each member city and village not less than thirty days prior to such meeting.



Section 1 . Article 5 – Board of Trustees, Section 3 as amended on October 28, 2016 is modified to the extent set forth in this Article for the limited purposes of the transition in 2017 to a smaller number of members of the Board of Directors and for the continuity of leadership in the officers for 2016-2017. Other provisions of the Constitution not amended on October 28, 2016 or modified by this Article remain in full force and effect.

Section 2 . The nominating committee preparing the slate for the 2017 Board of Directors elected on October 28, 2016 shall initially truncate terms of office and establish two-year terms for the Board of Directors in its discretion as necessary, in order to establish evenly staggered terms of the reduced number of members of the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee Report presented for the October 28, 2016 election designates which members of the Board of Directors will have two-year terms and which will have four-year terms. There are no other terms of office available on the Board of Directors as of January 1, 2017. Any member of then Board of Directors on October 28, 2016 and not elected on October 28, 2016 will, as of January 1, 2017, no longer be a member of the Board of Directors and the office abolished.

StaffExecutive Director - - Kent M. Scarrett
Deputy Director . - - Edward L. Albright
Director of Comunications - - Josh Brown
Legislative Advocate - - Ashley Brewster
Legal Counsel - - Garry E. Hunter
Office Manager
- - Zoe Wade
Editor, Cities and Villages
- - Cynthia L. Grant
- - Joyce A. Richardson
Membership Services - - Christine Blake
Field Representative - - Stanley Umpleby
Administrative Asst. - - Kari Straub

Jim Bodenmiller, City Manager, Springfield
Garnet “Sis” Love, Council President, Bucyrus

Board of TrusteesOFFICERS
President: Michael Payton, Councilmember, New Boston
First Vice President: Scott Schertzer, Mayor, Marion
Second Vice President: Michael Barhorst, Mayor, Sidney

Sharon Cassler, Clerk of Council, Cambridge
David Crawford, President of Council, Circleville
Daivd Creps, Finance Director, Perrysburg
Timothy DeGeeter, Mayor, Parma
Lisa Eliason, Law Director, Athens
Mark R. Fortunato, Director of Law, Canfield
G. David Gillock, Mayor, North Ridgeville
Jeff Hall, Mayor, Newark
Susan Infeld, Mayor, University Heights
Frank G. Jackson, Mayor, Cleveland
Douglas G. Johnson, Mayor, Bryan
Eric Keckler, Mayor, Fostoria
Belinda Kenley, Councilwoman, Centerville
Robert Meilander, Mayor, Kipton
S. Gary Repella, Director of Law, Steubenville
Mark Schwieterman, City Manager, Kettering
Patrick Titterington, Safety/Service Director, Troy
Brad Townsend, City Manager, West Carrollton
Priscilla R. Tyson, Councilwoman, Columbus
Lyle Waddell, Mayor, Newton Falls