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Neighborhood Commission


The Commission was originally established by Executive Order 2011-001, and enacted on February 14, 2011. Executive Order 2016-001, enacted on April 27, 2016 reaffirmed and amended the purpose and membership of the Commission. The Commission's purpose is to establish a forum for communication and collaboration between neighborhood associations and city government.

Meeting Times

The Commission meets on the last Wednesday of every odd month.

Appointment Process

Members are appointed by the Mayor at the recommendation of the Neighborhood Leadership Council.  Council confirmation is not required.

Current Members

Commission Members Seat Designation Term Expires
Pat Silagy-Wesson Neighborhood Representative 5/31/2020
Greg Conrad Neighborhood Representative 5/31/2020
Jim Woofter Neighborhood Representative 5/31/2021
Theodore Johnson Neighborhood Representative 5/31/2021
Mary Lou Straight-Hoynes Neighborhood Representative 5/31/2022
Deborah Burt Neighborhood Representative 5/31/2022
Thomas M. Bernabei Mayor Ex-Officio
Fonda Williams Director of Development Ex-Officio
Kristen Bates Aylward Law Director Ex-Officio
John Highman Public Service Director Ex-Officio
Andrea Perry Public Safety Director Ex-Officio
John Mariol Councilmember Ex-Officio
Chris Smith Councilmember Ex-Officio
Marilyn Thomas Jones Director of Community Engagement,
Stark Community Foundation


The Commission consists of:

  • Mayor
  • Law Director or designee
  • Director of Public Service
  • Director of Public Safety
  • Director of Development
  • Two (2) members of Council, appointed by the Council Majority Leader
  • Director of Community Engagement, Stark Community Foundation
  • Six (6) members of the public, appointed by the Neighborhood Leadership Council


Initial appointments listed are staggered one-, two-, and three-year terms.  All subsequent appointments shall be for three-year terms.


Members serve without compensation.


Executive Order: 2016-001

If you would like to apply to serve on this commission or to recommend someone to serve, please send or fax a cover letter and resume to:

Office of Mayor Thomas M. Bernabei
ATTN: Boards and Commissions
218 Cleveland Ave. SW
Canton, OH  44702

FAX: 330-489-3282

Last updated 5/27/2016

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