July 23, 2014

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Hanwell elected mayor

MEDINA — It wasn’t a knuckle-biter in the Medina mayoral race.

As the results started pouring in Tuesday night, it was apparent former police chief Dennis Hanwell, 52, would lead the city starting Jan. 1.

Hanwell captured 6,025 votes, beating Rick Greenberg, who received 1,471 votes, and Clarence Owens, who received 218 votes, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections.

Hanwell said he was “honored and humbled by such a vast number” of Medina residents voting for him. “It shows a positive response to our campaign,” he said during his reception at Summerville Camelot Place, 49 Leisure Lane.

“It was difficult to run as an outsider” in Medina, Greenberg, 56, said, but “congratulations to Dennis on his victory.”

Owens could not be reached for comment, and he didn’t respond to requests for information about his candidacy.

Mayor Jane Leaver announced in 2008 she would not seek a third term.

In May of this year, Hanwell retired from the Police Department after almost 26 years of service, including nearly 13 years as chief, so he could run for mayor.

As chief, Hanwell said he negotiated contracts to provide dispatching services to Medina and Montville townships, and as mayor, he would expand this cooperation to share equipment or expertise with adjacent townships.

“This makes each of us more efficient and effective in our services and spending of tax dollars,” he said.

He plans to first meet with the administration’s department heads to share his vision, he said. He also said he wants to work on economic development by supporting current businesses for them to be profitable.

Hanwell has an associate degree in criminal justice from the University of Akron and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Tiffin University.

The mayor earns approximately $62,000 a year. The term is four years.