Welcome to the City of Defiance website. Defiance is located in the northwest corner of Ohio, 55 miles southwest of Toledo, Ohio and 45 miles east of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The City of Defiance has an estimated population of 17,000 and serves as the County seat for Defiance County. Defiance is a strong Mayor/strong council government with the City’s Charter available for review under the Ordinance tab of the web site.
Mike McCann was elected to his first term as Mayor of the City of Defiance in November 2015 having served as City Council President since 2014. His desire to serve as Mayor stems from wanting the city where he was born and raised to be a better place to live for all of its citizens. Mayor McCann is a 1975 graduate of Defiance High School and attended the University of Toledo before rising through the ranks at ServiceMaster by McCann to become President/CEO in 2005. Mayor McCann has a long history of service to the Defiance community having served for many years on the County and City parks board, City’s Planning Commission as well as the City’s Charter Review committee. Mayor McCann is married to his wife Laurie (Kaemming) for 30 years. They have 5 grown children and 10 grandchildren.
With new ideas and a new approach, McCann’s goal is to strengthen every aspect of the community. He intends to focus on business retention as well as implement creative marketing of our community. Citizens recently approved construction for Defiance City School of a new 6-12 grade building which is currently underway. This will complement the school district’s new K-5 grade building constructed in 2009. New school buildings were also approved recently in adjoining school districts of Ayersville, Fairview and Tinora.
A voluntary group of leaders from the government, education and business sectors came together to support and enhance economic development in the Defiance Community. The group, Defiance 2100 Steering Committee, is committed to providing leadership and support in the quest to better position our community for the economic future. The group works in collaboration with existing economic development and business promotion activities in the Defiance Community, as well as reaching out to form new relationships and undertake new initiatives.
Defiance is proud to be the home town of 2006 Indianapolis 500 Champion Sam Hornish, Jr., Phillies pitcher Chad Billingsley, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jonathon Niese and free agent Chad Reineke. Twenty time World Horseshoe Champion winner Alan Francis also hails from our community.
The City of Defiance’s Home Page serves as a link to valuable government information, activities and services by division. Each division profile contains an educational background to help citizens and students learn how our form of government works.
Please use this site not only to learn about the governmental activities within Defiance but also to find out how to communicate with the proper personnel within City government.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office at 419-784-2101.
Mike McCann, Mayor
City of Defiance, Ohio