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|Mayor of Akron, Ohio|
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2016
|Preceded by||Jeff Fusco|
|Born||1963 (age 55–56)|
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Kent State University |
University of Akron
Early life and educationEdit
Shortly after earning his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Kent State University, Horrigan returned to school to earn an additional degree in Education from the University of Akron. This combination led to his position teaching social studies at his alma mater of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School from 1996 to 1998. In 1999, Horrigan left his position with the school to successfully run for Akron City Council. Horrigan represented Akron's Ward 1, comprising Highland Square and North Hill, from 1999 to 2007. In his time with serving as Ward 1 Council representative, he chaired the Public Utilities Committee and was a senior member of the Planning Budget & Finance and Parks & Recreation Committees. He was a fierce advocate for both the residents and businesses located in Ward 1 of Akron. Horrigan's leadership led to instrumental projects such as the Highland Square Development Initiative, two new libraries, various housing initiatives and the Rack 40 Project to benefit the preservation of the Cuyahoga River and the surrounding environment. In 2001, Horrigan brought together business leaders and residents to develop a comprehensive plan for the Highland Square neighborhood. The plan's vision led to a new library, new school, and new grocery store that anchor the neighborhood today.
Summit County Clerk of CourtsEdit
In 2007, the Democratic Party of Summit County selected Dan as the Clerk of Summit County's Common Pleas Courts, where he oversaw an office of 87 public employees. In his time in the office, through which he would eventually be elected President of the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association in December 2012, his primary focuses modernization and efficiency.
Akron Mayoral ElectionEdit
Following an extremely tumultuous period in the Akron Mayor's office, Horrigan announced his candidacy for Mayor on June 9, 2015. His announcement touted his unique stature as the only candidate with "the necessary strong leadership skills to continue to develop this City's economic base, to bring and work together with all of the City's partners and in conjunction with Akron City Council, move this City forward."  In addition to economic revival, his campaign focused on a number of local issues such as finding affordable solutions to the city's sewage system issues, union contracts, downtown development, and increased citizen engagement. Following his victory on November 3, 2015, Horrigan became Akron's first newly elected Mayor in 28 years.
First Mayoral TermEdit
Blue Ribbon Task ForceEdit
Following his election, Horrigan appointed a "Blue Ribbon Task Force" composed of local business and community leaders, to "look under the hood" of City government and make recommendations for its management.
Early Initiatives & PoliciesEdit
During Mayor Horrigan's first year in office, he led a variety of successful initiatives including: rebuilding relationships with the United States EPA; and working closely with Huntington Bank as it acquired FirstMerit Corporation. Mayor Horrigan also followed through on a recommendation to appoint the City of Akron's first ever Human Resources Director, which required an amendment to the City's charter.
Other successes for Mayor Horrigan during his first year in office included: hosting six town hall meetings within the community and meeting with every high school senior class within the Akron Public Schools, implementing cost-saving reform of retiree supplemental health benefits, securing approval of First Consent Decree Amendment resulting in $56.7 million in CSO savings; securing nationally competitive $5 million TIGER grant to redevelop Main Street and leading successful effort to bring Stark State Community College campus to Akron.
Additionally, Horrigan was recognized by Cleveland Magazine's Community Leader Power 100 – List of most influential leaders in Northeast Ohio. He joined the coalition of Mayors across the U.S. in the Mayors Against Illegal Guns. In order to further his goal of improving the health of the community, Mayor Horrigan he partnered with Akron Children's Hospital-Akron Marathon Race Series, County of Summit and Summit County Public Health to launch a citywide 100 Million Steps Walking Challenge.
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