By Kevin Kelley
Three years ago, for a project celebrating Westlake’s bicentennial, Clerk of Council Denise Rosenbaum compiled an accurate list of all the trustees, clerks, City Council members and mayors who served the people of Westlake and Dover, as the community was called before 1940.
She came up with the names of 100 trustees, 39 clerks, 122 council members and 15 mayors. All are permanently enshrined on a plaque in the atrium of Westlake City Hall.
Now Rosenbaum is seeking photographs of these officials. Her goal, she said, is “to commemorate council so we know who they are in years to come.”
The council clerk plans to create several scrapbooks of photos of council members. She has discovered group photos taken in 1958, 1961, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2009 and 2014.
After searching Westlake Porter Public Library and the Westlake Historical Society, Rosenbaum doubts she will uncover any additional group shots. However, she’s hopeful individual portraits of these government officials will be found.
“I think it’s important to remember who these people were,” she told West Life.
The earliest photo Rosenbaum found is of Datus Kelley, a trustee who served in 1816.
Rosenbaum is asking any former council members to send her photos of themselves. She also wants relatives of past council members to provide photos of the former public servants.
Rosenbaum said she’ll accept scans of original photos via e-mail, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, reprints of portraits can be sent to her office at Westlake City Hall, 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, OH 44145-3030.
A link to Rosenbaum’s list of Dover and Westlake public officials can be found on the city’s website at www.
The trustee form of government ended in 1911 with the incorporation of Dover Village. The first mayor was Frank Bailey; the first council president was James A. Pease. Originally, all council posts were at-large seats. The current system of six wards each represented by a council member, began in 1960.