Welcome from the Mayor
City of Westlake
27700 Hilliard Blvd.
Westlake, OH 44145
440.871.3300
M – F: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Law Department
27700 Hilliard Boulevard
Westlake, OH 44145
Phone: 440.617.4230
Fax: 440.617.4249

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Law Department pursues and defends all actions on behalf of the city or against the city in all Ohio and United States courts—from filing through discovery, trial and any necessary appellate work. In addition, the law department also pursues and defends all actions on behalf of the city or against the city in all Ohio and Federal administrative agencies.


Law Department Staff

Law Director
John Wheeler
440.617.4232

Assistant Law Director
Robin R. Leasure
440.617.4235

Law Clerk
Joseph Giersz
440.617.4237

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Municipal Prosecutor
Sean Kelleher
440.871.3311

Municipal Prosecutor
Gregory Sponseller
440.871.3311

Administrative Assistant
Jenny Sfiligoj
440.617.4234


Department Responsibilities
  • Works with the mayor, city council and the administration to ensure enforcement of the Codified Ordinances and charter of the city of Westlake.
  • Prepares ordinances and resolutions for passage by the legislative body.
  • Prepares easements and other related documents for large public improvement projects.
  • Prepares and reviews all contracts for tax abatements, necessary services and supplies, cooperative agreements with other political subdivisions, cellular tower collocation agreements, lease agreements, land purchase agreements, and miscellaneous contracts and agreements.
  • Attends Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Civil Service, council committee, staff and other miscellaneous meetings as requested.
  • Provides daily rendering of legal opinions and advice to council, mayor, and administration.
  • Continually updates and improves the Codified Ordinances of the City of Westlake.
  • Prosecutes all actions on behalf of the city of Westlake in Rocky River Municipal Court, as well as provides legal opinions, advice and support to the Police Department.
  • Monitors the city's Land Bank program.
  • Processes all tax exempt land applications on behalf of the city.
  • Provides general counseling and legal advice to administration regarding all personnel issues.
  • Assists in negotiating union contracts.
  • Represents city in labor disputes including grievances, unfair labor practices, mediations, and conciliations.
  • Represents city on employee matters before administrative agencies of the state of Ohio.
  • Assists in representation of city as to workers compensation claims.
  • Administers the city's gas and electric aggregation programs.
  • Acts as the consumer complaint division for cable television.
  • Department of Law attorneys are not permitted to give personal legal advice. Those needing legal advice or assistance should contact private attorneys or the Legal Aid Society.

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Electric and Gas Aggregation
City Electric Aggregation Program
The city has teamed up with First Energy Solutions (FES) to provide the residents with an Electric Aggregation program. During the Opt-Out Periods, all residents are automatically placed in the program unless they specifically request to opt-out. There is no cost for enrollment. As members of the program, residents are guaranteed to save 6% off of the "Price to Compare." The "Price to Compare" consists of bypassable generation and transmission related components, which are the charges associated with the costs for purchased power and to deliver the power through the transmission system. To estimate your savings per Kilowatt-hour, you need to get a copy of your bill and find the "Price to Compare" on your bill. Divide the "Price to Compare" by 100, then multiply by 0.06% to determine your savings per KWH. Multiply that number by your total monthly usage. The final number is what you can expect to save each month you use the same amount of electricity.

If you are not part of the program and wish to join, please contact First Energy Solutions at the number below. Enrollment takes approximately 30-45 days depending upon your meter read date. If you have any questions regarding this program or would like to know how it will affect your electric bill, please contact FES directly at 1-866-636-3749.

Electric Aggregation Program - Update 9/2/2013
FES has advised the city that they are willing to offer the members of the city's aggregation program a fixed rate private contract. Members of the Aggregation Program will not be charged a fee to switch from the Aggregation Program to a fixed rate private contract with FES and they may go back to the Aggregation Program at anytime without fee or penalty. As is the case with all private contract offers, residents who enter into a private contract with FES for a fixed rate would be subject to a $100 cancellation fee if they elected to leave the private FES contract during its term and contract with another supplier. Residents who are interested in a FES fixed rate offer should contact FES directly, at 1-866-636-3749.

Many residents/aggregation members have asked if there is a cancellation fee for leaving the city's aggregation program and electing to enter into a private contract with a supplier other than First Energy Solutions. The cancellation fee for leaving the program is $25.00. Every 3 years the program offers an opt-out period where residents may leave the program at no charge/fee. The next opt-out period is in the winter/early spring of 2015. Notices are sent to members of the program regarding the opt-out period.

Electric Aggregation Program - Update 3/28/2014; FES PASS THROUGH CHARGE
The City has recently learned that First Energy Solutions is planning on passing the expense for a surcharge levied by PJM (the Regional Transmission Organization to which First Energy belongs) to residents in the City’s Electric Aggregation Program. They are stating that the charge is for additional power that FES had to use in order to meet the demand during the extremely cold weather this winter. It is estimated the one-time charge will be somewhere between $5-$15 dollars per household. FES has not provided the City with notice of these pass through charges or a justification for their ability to pass through such a charge. The City will be sending notice to FES and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that it objects to the pass through of said charge to the residents within the City’s Aggregation Program.

Gas Aggregation
The City of Westlake does not offer a gas aggregation program. Residents are directed to consult the PUCO's website (see link below) should they be interested in selecting a gas supplier.

Go To www.energychoice.ohio.gov for additional information:
The PUCO has a new website to assist Ohio’s energy consumers. The Site, www.energychoice.ohio.gov is dedicated to consumer education regarding electric and natural gas choice in Ohio. The website was developed specifically to be the premier resource for Ohio’s energy consumers seeking information and offer comparisons regarding electric and natural gas supplier choices. The site offers information to help consumers understand electric and natural gas choice, including what steps need to be taken when switching suppliers; what their rights are as a consumer; what aggregation is; apples to apples comparison charts and a frequently asked questions page.

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Cable Television Providers

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Current Legal Notices Issued by the City of Westlake

Surplus Auction - On-line Bids will be received throughout the 2014 calendar year by the Mayor of the City of Westlake, Cuyahoga County, Ohio at City Hall, 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio 44145 for the disposal of all forfeited, confiscated, obsolete and surplus items owned by the City of Westlake through GovDeals.com on-line auction service. Legal Ad,


Recent Bid Tabulations and Awards
Rear Loader Packer Truck - Sealed Bids will be received by the Mayor of the City of Westlake, Cuyahoga County, Ohio at City Hall, 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio 44145 until 2:00 P.M. prevailing time, Wednesday, November 11, 2014 for a “Rear Loader Packer Truck” requirements for the City of Westlake, Ohio, according to specifications on file in the Office of Purchasing. Legal AdBid Tabs

General Laborers - Sealed Bid Proposals will be received by the Mayor of the City of Westlake, Cuyahoga County, Ohio at City Hall, 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio, 44145 until 2:00 P.M. prevailing time, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 according to the Bid Specifications on file in the Office of the Director of Purchasing, for the “HIRING GENERAL LABORERS FROM TEMPORARY AGENCIES FOR USE IN THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT AND VARIOUS OTHER DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE CITY OF WESTLAKE, OHIO” according to specifications on file in the Office of Purchasing. Legal AdBid Tabs

Street Striping - Sealed Bids will be received by the Mayor of the City of Westlake, Cuyahoga County, Ohio at City Hall, 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio, 44145 until 2:00 P.M. prevailing time, Tuesday, June 17, 2014 according to the Specifications on file in the Office of the Director of Purchasing, for the " BID FOR PAVEMENT MARKINGS OF CERTAIN ROADWAYS WITHIN THE CITY OF WESTLAKE, OHIO." Legal AdBid Tabs

Concrete and Related Materials - Sealed Bids will be received by the Mayor of the City of Westlake, Cuyahoga County, Ohio at City Hall, 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio, 44145 until 2:00 P.M. prevailing time, Thursday, February 13, 2014, for the “CONCRETE AND RELATED MATERIALS FOR USE BY THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT FOR THE CITY OF WESTLAKE, OHIO”, according to Specifications on file in the office of the Director of Purchasing. Legal AdBid Tabs

Stone, Sand, Dirt and Gravel - Sealed Bids will be received by the Mayor of the City of Westlake, Cuyahoga County, Ohio at City Hall, 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio, 44145 until 2:00 P.M. prevailing time, Thursday, February 13, 2014 according to Specifications on file in the Office of the Director of Purchasing, for the “STONE, SAND, DIRT AND GRAVEL” requirements for the City of Westlake, Ohio. Legal AdBid Tabs

Asphalt Concrete and Bituminous Cold Mix - Sealed Bids will be received by the Mayor of the City of Westlake, Cuyahoga County, Ohio at City Hall, 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio, 44145 until 2:00 P.M. prevailing time, Thursday, February 13, 2014 for furnishing the “ASPHALT CONCRETE AND BITUMINOUS COLD MIX” requirements for the City of Westlake, Ohio, according to Specifications on file in the Office of the Director of Purchasing. Legal AdBid Tabs

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Surplus Vehicles and Equipment

The City of Westlake and the Westlake Police Department will dispose of certain forfeited, confiscated, obsolete and surplus items through GovDeals.com on-line auction service.
Items will be added the first week of every month as they become available throughout the year, please check back frequently to see the current items. Please inspect items prior to placing a bid. Inspections are by appointment only. Please contact Larry Surber at 440-617-4285 or Email address: lsurber@cityofwestlake.org to schedule an appointment.
To access GovDeals.com, click here.

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Helpful Links

Codified Ordinances A Preliminary Unit – General Index
Codified Ordinances Part 1 Administrative Code
Codified Ordinances Part 3 Traffic Code
Codified Ordinances Part 5 General Offenses Code
Codified Ordinances Part 7 Business Regulation Code
Codified Ordinances Part 9 Streets Utilities Public Services
Codified Ordinances Part 11 Planning Platting
Codified Ordinances Part 12 Zoning Code
Codified Ordinances Part 13 Building Code
Codified Ordinances Part 15 Fire Prevention Code
City Charter

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