Mayor Daniel M. Horrigan
Mayor, City of Akron


Proceeds benefit the Russell M. Pry Memorial Endowed Scholarship at The University of Akron School of Law

February 28, 2018

Luncheon Menu

Mesclun greens with diced pear, candied pecans with a creamy maple dressing; seared medallions of chicken with lemon oregano sauce; farro risotto with feta and currants; julienne of zucchini, yellow squash, carrot and red pepper.

Vegetarian Meal: Vegetable Stuffed Whole Wheat Ravioli with a Puttanesca Sauce

about the speaker

Daniel Horrigan was sworn in as the 62nd Mayor of Akron on January 1, 2016. He has dedicated seventeen years of distinguished public service to Summit County and the City of Akron. His family legacy deeply rooted in Akron’s North Hill and his experience as a public servant fuel Dan’s unwavering commitment to move his hometown forward.

After earning a BA in Economics from Kent State University, Dan earned an education degree from the University of Akron. While obtaining his second degree, Dan earned a living as a “curb boy” at the iconic Swenson’s restaurant. Recognizing an opportunity to give back to the North Hill community, Dan campaigned for and won election to Akron City Council’s Ward 1 in 1999, a position he held for nearly 8 years. Being a Councilman allowed Dan to first understand and harness the "power of listening.” In 2007, Dan became the Clerk of Summit County’s Common Pleas Courts, a job that made him responsible for collecting and distributing $120 million public dollars each year.

Now as Akron’s Mayor, Dan continues to develop his vision to move the City forward, his top priorities being Education, Income and Health. As a leader, he encourages all City employees to focus on innovation, efficiency, transparency and fiscal responsibility. Not wasting any time, Mayor Horrigan and his administration got to work on a list of priority items for his first term. Since taking office, his list of accomplishments has grown quickly. So far, he has been successful in addressing the City’s skills gap by attracting a community college in Stark State, reduced the City’s spending on federally mandated sewer projects by $56 million, passed the City’s first non-discrimination ordinance, worked with Downtown Akron Partnership to complete a comprehensive Downtown Vision and Redevelopment Plan, passed a quarter percent income tax increase to boost badly needed infrastructure funding for Akron’s Police, Fire and roads, and conducted and implemented a city-wide housing plan, including a reformatory and catalytic tax abatement program.

Mayor Horrigan strongly believes the City’s future rests on engaged and servant-style leadership. He is known for holding consistent Town Halls, to assure he is interacting with every corner of the City. He has also established strong relationships with neighboring municipalities, the County and with our leadership in Columbus and Washington D.C., knowing that working together at all levels of government towards common community goals is the best way to serve Akron’s citizens.  

As Akron continues to evolve from its roots as an industrial powerhouse, to a highly-creative and innovative center of excellence, Mayor Horrigan believes our greatest asset has remained constant, it’s our people.  He believes this resource has fueled us in the past and will again prove to be the catalyst as we continue to move Akron forward together.