The longest serving Mayor of the City of Bay Village, Deborah L. Sutherland is announcing her retirement effective October 1, 2016. Mayor Sutherland has served 16 years as Mayor, appointed by City Council on October 2, 2000 and subsequently elected and re-elected to four 4-year terms.
Mayor Sutherland has been widely recognized for her regional leadership, innovative management, and collaborative approach to municipal government. Under her guidance, Bay Village experienced a renaissance with new municipal buildings, enhanced parks and recreational facilities. Mayor Sutherland also championed a new focus on sustainability and operational efficiency. Sutherland states “It has been a privilege and an honor to represent the residents of my hometown and to lead the wonderful administrative team at the City of Bay Village”. She further stated, “I have been fortunate to work with 3 talented Council Presidents and 23 different councilmen and women. Together, we have accomplished much and are reaping the benefits of hard work and tough, disciplined decisions that have made our community so desirable.”
Mayor Sutherland’s reputation as a convener, advocate, and collaborator across party lines has resulted in regional initiatives, state policy changes, and a deep network of resources that have benefited the City of Bay Village, Northeast Ohio, and municipalities across the State of Ohio. Sutherland, a fearless, results-driven visionary, further stated “When I took on this job, I stated that if I was required to be mired in meaningless minutia rather than big, transformative projects, it would be time for me to move on. That time has come.” Sutherland plans to start a consulting business focused on local government advocacy, regional collaboration and operational efficiency.
Letter to the Community
Dear Fellow Residents: