Mayor Horrigan's Cabinet

The Mayor's Cabinet and Senior Staff are comprised of a very broad and diverse group of people.  Every Deputy, Assistant, and Director was chosen because of their expertise and dedication to civil service.


Chief of Staff Gert Wilms

Gert Wilms graduated from the Ohio State University with a double major in history and political science.  She received her Juris Doctorate and Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Akron.  Gert was admitted to the Ohio bar in 2001.

While in law school, Gert began her career in public service as an advoc...
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Deputy Chief of Staff Tamiyka Rose

In April of 2017, Mayor Dan Horrigan appointed Tamiyka Rose to fill the newly created position of Health Equity Ambassador for the City of Akron. As Health Equity Ambassador, Ms. Rose advises Mayor Horrigan on policy initiatives, and leads Akron’s efforts to decrease racial and ethnic disparities, particularly in premature births and infan...
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Deputy Director of Finance Mike Wheeler

Mike was named Deputy Director of Finance in October of 2022. He has nearly a decade of experience in the City’s Audit and Budget Division, where he most recently served as the Audit and Budget Manager. Over the course of his career with the City, he has implemented various accounting standards for the City’s Annual Comprehensive Fin...
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Deputy Director of Law and Acting Director of Human Resources Christopher Reece

Christopher Reece began his legal career in 1990 with valuable experience as a City of Akron prosecutor.  He joined the City of Akron Law Department Civil Division, primarily handling law enforcement and fire services civil liability defense, personal injury, property damage, employment discrimination and eminent domain.

Reece left e...
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Deputy Director of Public Service/Neighborhood Assistance Eufrancia Lash

Eufrancia Lash is a lifelong resident of Akron, Ohio, and a product of the Akron Public School system. He is a graduate of both Central-Hower High School and the University of Akron, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Organizational Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. His professional background incl...
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Deputy Director of Public Service/Operations Jim Aitken

James Aitken began his service to the City of Akron in 1986 as a sewer maintenance worker in the sewer division. He was promoted through the ranks and eventually became acting sewer superintendent. In this role, he managed day to day operations of the city sewer collection system including 36 pump stations, 6 CSO storage basins, 13 CSO racks and...
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Deputy Mayor for Integrated Development Sean Vollman

Prior to being named Deputy Mayor for Integrated Development, Sean Vollman served as Assistant Director of Law in the City of Akron’s Law Department for over 18 years.  Prior to joining the City, he worked in private practice at Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs for three years.

As an Assistant Director of Law, Vollman focuse...
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Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Affairs/Senior Advisor Marco Sommerville

Marco Sommerville has been a public servant and business owner for more than a quarter of a century. His first political experience was to work on Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign. Three years later, in 1987, he ran for his first political office and was elected to serve as the Council Representative for Ward 3. In 2000, his peers elec...
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Deputy Mayor for Labor Relations Frank Williams

Frank Williams brings over 30 years of Public Service experience, leadership skills, Community Relations, and Collective Bargaining knowledge to his role.

Frank grew up in Akron. He attended Akron Public Schools and then earned a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice/Political Science and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Technolo...
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Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Clarence Tucker

Clarence Tucker was born in Beckley, West Virginia and moved to Garfield Heights, Ohio in his teens. He came to Akron in the fall of 1980 where he attended the University of Akron on a Track and Field Scholarship. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Malone College and became a City of Akron firefighter/medic in 198...
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Director of Business Retention & Expansion Samuel DeShazior

Samuel DeShazior was Senior Director of Business Development with the Greater Akron Chamber and managed an economic development team working on projects ranging from industrial business expansions to international joint venture. He is the primary contact for the City's Economic Development & Business Growth Programs.

During his years ...
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Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Tammy Tucker

Tammy Tucker was appointed as the city's first Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in November of 2022. 

Ms. Tucker holds a Master’s of Education as an Administrative Specialist and a Bachelor’s in English Literature, both from Central State University. She has previously served at The Ohio State University, Ohio...
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Director of Finance Steve Fricker

Steve Fricker began his service to the citizens of Akron in 1991 as an Accounts Analyst within the City’s Audit & Budget Division.

He is formerly the Treasurer for the City of Akron, a role he served since 2008. As Treasurer, he managed the investment of City funds; issuance and payment of City debt (bonds, notes and loans); man...
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Director of Law Eve Belfance

Eve Belfance began her legal career in private practice. She first entered public service in 2005 when she was elected to the Akron Municipal Court, where she presided over hundreds of cases both criminal and civil. She also played a central role in the development of the DUI Court, one of the first of its kind in Ohio.

Belfance served in...
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Director of Planning & Urban Development Thomas Tatum

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Thomas graduated from Clark College (now Clark-Atlanta University) in 1983. In 1991, Thomas graduated from the University of Akron with a Masters in Urban Planning. The City of Akron has employed Thomas since October 1989 and he has served in several roles in his time with the City including Housing Rehabilitation, Se...
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Director of Public Service Chris Ludle

Chris Ludle began his service to the City of Akron in 2004 as a Mechanical Inspector in the Building Inspection Division.  In 2007, he joined the Sewer Maintenance Division and was later promoted to supervisor where he gained firsthand experience managing CSO projects. Ludle was appointed acting Highway Maintenance Superintendent in the Pub...
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Chief Communications Officer Stephanie Marsh

Stephanie Marsh holds a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Kent State University where she studied English and graduated with University Honors in 2012. Before joining the Mayor’s Office Communications team in 2019, Stephanie worked in Cleveland at PR Newswire/Cision for over 5 years as a Senior Customer Content ...
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