City Council


Please be advised that the January 11, 2021 Council Work Session has been cancelled.
The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. 

Please be advised that the Public Hearing that was advertised for Tuesday, January 19, 2021 has been cancelled. The Applicant for the rezone asked that his application be pulled, and thus the legislation was tabled at the December 21, 2020 regular meeting, and the public hearing is hereby cancelled. Thank you!


Click the link below for information, and please contact your Council Representative or the Clerk of Council with any questions or concerns:
440.826.5822 or

Berea Food Pantry List-2020


Until further notice, while the public may choose to attend City Council Meetings, please know that all Council Members, as well as the President of Council and the Clerk of Council, Mayor Kleem and all Department Directors will utilize a remote conferencing platform to access the meeting, in the interest of public safety and following the directives of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Regular Meetings

  • 1st and 3rd Monday of every month

Regular Meeting Schedule

According to the City Charter, Council shall meet on the first and third Mondays of each calendar month. If the regular meeting shall fall on a legal holiday, then such regular meeting shall be held on the day following. In addition, Council may meet in either special or emergency meetings, using notification procedures specified in the Charter.

2020 Schedule 

2021 Schedule

Work Sessions

  • 2nd Monday of every month

In depth discussions concerning current and pending legislation typically take place at Work Sessions. These meetings are open to the public, informal, and not televised.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Public Participation

The public is encouraged to participate in Council meetings. When Council comes to agenda Item 9, presentation of matters by the public, anyone may address Council by seeking recognition from the chair and identifying themselves by giving their name and address. Council asks that you use the microphone in the center of the room in order that your remarks can be heard by our listening and viewing audience. Please direct your remarks to the chair.

When Council moves to Item 11, legislation, anyone may again address Council using the same procedures, but during this period remarks must be relevant only to the legislation on the floor.

First, Second & Third Readings

The Charter requires that legislation introduced in Council must normally appear on the agenda for three meetings. The first two readings are for initial discussion and possible referral to committee. Items on third reading may be voted on at that meeting.

Suspension of Rules

If 6 or more Council members vote for suspension, legislation on the agenda for first or second reading may be voted upon immediately.

Declaring an Emergency

Legislation containing this language allows Council to vote to waive the 30-day waiting period following the Mayor’s signing before the ordinance becomes effective. A favorable vote of 5 or more Council persons is needed for passage under this provision.

Your attendance in future meetings will be welcomed.

2020-2022 City Council Representation

Board or CommissionCommissioner
Southwest Health Care SystemJeff Dettmer
 Berea Shade Tree CommissionRick Skoczen
Gene Zacharyasz
 Woodvale Union Cemetery Board of TrusteeJim Maxwell
 Southwest Suburban Council Of GovernmentsBill DeVito
Chris McManis (Alternate)
 Community Reinvestment Area Housing CouncilBill DeVito
Leon R. Dozier Sr.
  1. Jeff Dettmer

    Jeff Dettmer

    Council President
    Phone: 440-243-1246

  2. Gene Zacharyasz

    Gene Zacharyasz

    Councilman At-Large
    Phone: 440-724-2558

  3. Bill DeVito

    Bill DeVito

    Councilman At-Large
    Phone: 440-376-2292

  4. Leon Dozier

    Leon R. Dozier Sr.

    Ward 1 Councilman
    Phone: 440-532-1702

  5. Chris McManis

    Chris McManis

    Ward 2 Councilman
    Phone: 440-321-2010

  6. Jim Maxwell

    Jim Maxwell

    Ward 3 Councilman
    Phone: 440-234-6299

  7. Kim Smith

    Kim Smith

    Ward 4 Councilwoman
    Phone: 440-503-3221

  8. Rick Skoczen

    Rick Skoczen

    Ward 5 Councilman
    Phone: 440-567-7114

  9. Alycia Esson

    Clerk of Council
    Phone: (440) 826-5822