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City Council

President of Council

John M. Coyne III

Biography: A resident of Medina County for most of his life, John is married to his wife Jennifer and they have three children, two daughters and one son. John is an attorney at the law firm of Roetzel & Andress where he practices in the area of transactional real estate.

Education: Buckeye High School, 1986 University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major in Finance, 1990 Cleveland State, Cleveland/Marshall College of Law - Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration, 1994

Other Experience: John has been a member of Medina City Council since 1998.

Appointments: Chair of the Finance Committee, Rail Commission, Medina City Economic Development Committee, Chairman of the Strategic Plan AdvisoryCommittee, Emerging Technologies Committee, Business Development Committee, member on the Community Investment Corporation Board, member of the JEDD Board.

Contact Information: 1165 Ty Drive Medina, Ohio 44256 Phone: 330-723-9998 Office: 330-849-6677 Cell: 330-730-1763 Email: or


Ward 1 Council Representative

Ward 1 Councilman Bob Starcher

Robert Starcher

Biography:  Bob has lived in Medina since 1978, after growing up in Parma Heights, Ohio.  He was an officer in the Medina Police Department from 1983 to 2013, retiring as a Lieutenant.  Since retiring he has been an Auxiliary Officer with the Montville Twp. Police Department, as well as Medina City's representative on the Medina County Drug Abuse Commission board.  He is married to Chris, daughter Melissa lives in Charlotte with her family.

Education:  Parma Padua Franciscan High School 1973, The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 1977.

Appointments:  Member of the Finance Committee, Water & Utilities Committee (Chair), Health, Safety & Sanitation Committee, Public Properties Committee, Cable ACCESS Committee, Firemen's Dependent Board, CRA Housing Board.

Contact Information:  887 Bunker Hill, Phone: (234) 755-2341, Email:


Ward 2 Council Representative

Dennie R. Simpson

Biography: Dennie has been a Medina resident for 46 years. He has been employed as a paramedic with Medina Life Support Team for 33 years and a Basic fire fighter for the Medina City Fire Department for 5 years. He is married to Phebe and has three children, Nathan, Zachary, and Nicholas and two step children in James and Aubrey.

Education: Medina High School, 1971 Akron University Allied Health Cuyahoga Community College Paramedic Program

Other Experience: Public Safety 33 years as a paramedic and 5 years as a firefighter Served on several committees Medina General Hospital Affiliate member AHA

Appointments: Member of the Finance , Public Properties, Chairman of Health, Safety & Sanitation Committee, Water and Utilities, Firemen's Dependents Board, and Cemetery Committees

Contact Information: 951 Shorewood Dr. Medina, Ohio 44256 Phone:330-725-3302 Email:


Ward 3 Council Representative

Photo of Ward 3 Councilman, Eric Heffinger

Eric M. Heffinger

Biography: Eric has been a Medina County resident for most of his life.  He is married and has three children, one boy and two girls.  Eric is a teacher at Wadsworth High School where he teaches English and Journalism. 

Education: Buckeye High School, 2005.  Bowling Green State University, Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications, 2009.  University of Akron, Masters of Science in Education, 2013.

Appointments: Chair of Streets & Sidewalks Committee, Special Legislation Committee, Finance Committee.  

Contact Information: Cell: 330-887-2388, Email: 


Ward 4 Council Representative

 Jim Shields

Biography: Jim is a life long resident of the City of Medina. He has served as the Ward 4 Councilman since 2001.

Education: Miami University, B.A. in Political Science; University of Akron School of Law, Juris Doctorate

Profession: Medina City Schools - Director of Human Resources/Legal Counsel

Appointments: Finance Committee, Chair of Public Properties, President Pro-Tem, Water & Utilities Committee, Emerging Technologies Committee, Audit Committee, Strategic Plan Advisory Committee, Alternate for Medina County Planning Commission

Contact Information: 327 Cardinal Drive Medina, Ohio 44256 Phone: 330-722-8402 Email:


Council at Large


Paul Rose

Biography: Paul has been a resident of Medina City since 1987. He and his wife, Joelle, have been married for over 40 years. They have 3 grown children. Paul’s professional career has taken him through Republic Steel, LTV Steel, and Andersen Consulting. Currently, he is a Service Delivery Manager for IBM.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, John Carroll University 1976 MBA, Cleveland State 1984

Other Experience: Member of the Storm Water Utility Commission, Member of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Appointments: Finance Committee, Health, Safety and Sanitation Committee, Streets and Sidewalks Committee, Planning Commission, Emerging Technologies Committee (Chair), Special Legislation Committee, and Community Development Corp.

Contact Information: 345 Lakeview Dr. Medina, OH 44256 Phone: 330-723-3459 Email:

Council At-Large

Bill Lamb
Biography: Bill Lamb served as Medina’s Mayor from 1982 to 1990. He was the youngest mayor in Ohio, and is widely recognized for creating the foundations of contemporary Medina. His administration created the legislation that protects the historic district, bought the airport and saved the rail line that serves Medina’s industry. Prior to his election as Mayor, Bill taught at Ella Canavan Elementary School, worked as a newspaper reporter, ice hockey commissioner, social service aid and construction labor. After leaving the Mayor’s office he taught at a Catholic school in Cleveland, and Jewish and World Studies school in Akron. Bill is married to Elaine Lamb, a prominent Ohio artist and owner of Mud Mothers Pottery. Elaine and Bill have three adult children (Bill’s step children) and four grandchildren. Bill’s election as At-Large Councilman makes him only the second former Mayor elected to Council.
Education: Bill graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. While a student at LMU he served as President of his class, co-wrote the student government constitution, was President of the Student National Education Association, President of his fraternity and Editor of the student newspaper.
Appointments: Bill’s serves on the Finance Committee, Streets and Sidewalks Committee, and CRA Housing Council.  He is the Chairman of the Special Legislation Committee.
Other Experience: Bill is a member of Vietnam Veterans of America, the President of the CommunityDesign Committee Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the South Court Historic Neighborhood Association.
Contact Information: Home Phone: 330-725-6075 Cell: 330-421-5829 Email:

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