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Brunswick City Council
4095 Center Road
Brunswick Ohio 44212

330-558-6845

Fijabi Gallam
Clerk of Council
fgallam@brunswick.oh.us

Mike Abella Jr.
Council Ward 1
mabella@brunswick.oh.us

Nick Hanek
Council Ward 2
nhanek@brunswick.oh.us

Joe Salzgeber
Council Ward 3
jsalzgeber@brunswick.oh.us

Anthony P. Capretta
Council Ward 4

Patricia Hanek
Council-at-Large
phanek@brunswick.oh.us

Alex Johnson
Council-at-Large
ajohnson@brunswick.oh.us

Brian Ousley
Council-at-Large
bousley@brunswick.oh.us

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Mike Abella Jr.

Council Ward 1, Vice Mayor/President of Council

Personal

  • Married to lovely wife Britt for 11 years and have 2 children – Angela (10) and Kevin (7)
  • Resident of Waite Farms subdivision
  • Member of St. Ambrose Parish

Education/Career

  • BSBA from John Carroll University, double major – Management and Logistics (1995)
  • MBA (Master of Business Administration) from John Carroll University (2007)
  • Supply Chain Programmer/Analyst for The Sherwin Williams Co. Corporate Headquarters

Experience/Community Involvement

  • Elected to 6 consecutive (2 year) terms totaling 11+ years as a Council Representative in Garfield Heights
  • Former 8th grade basketball coach – St. Martin of Tours school in Maple Heights
  • Brunswick (BYS) 7-8 year-old baseball coach
  • OHSAA high school certified umpire, member of Diamond Umpire Association

It is a privilege and honor to serve the residents of Ward 1 and the city of Brunswick. Please call me with your problems, issues, concerns, and ideas at (330) 460-6209.

Nick Hanek

Council Ward 2

Experience

Current:

  • Business Owner – Owner/Attorney – Hanek Law Office

Previous:

  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney – Criminal and Child Protection Divisions – Lorain County
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney – Civil Division – Medina County
  • Staff Attorney – Medina County Job and Family Services
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable James L. Kimbler

Education

  • J.D., University of Akron
  • B.A., Case Western Reserve University
  • Brunswick High School Graduate

Community Involvement

  • Resident of Brunswick for over 25 years
  • Chair-Elect, Board of Directors – United Way of Medina County
  • Board of Zoning Appeals – City of Brunswick
  • Brunswick Town Center & Lake Park Advisory Group
  • Former Brunswick Rec Center Youth Basketball League Coach
  • University of Akron Lawyer/Law Student Mentorship Program
  • Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer to Lawyer Mentorship Program
  • Ohio Bar Association Member

Joe Salzgeber

Council Ward 3, Pro Tem

Joe Salzgeber was elected as the City Councilman for Ward 3 in November of 2015. Salzgeber (pronounced “Salls – gai – burr”) is a German/Austrian surname. Ward 3 is located in the north-central area of the City of Brunswick. (See Find your ward in the Council menu on this page).

A Brunswick resident for over 20 years, Joe grew up in nearby Parma, Ohio. Joe graduated from Padua High School in the same class as Mayor Ron Falconi. He obtained a B.A. degree in Economics and Political Science from Indiana University. Joe subsequently obtained a J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

In December 2002, Joe was appointed to fill a vacancy as Brunswick City Councilman for Ward 2 and served out the remainder of that unexpired term. He later filled in as a Brunswick Mayor’s Court Magistrate, whenever past Mayor Dale Strasser was unavailable to preside.

Joe served as an Assistant Medina County Prosecutor from 1996 until 2003, and for an additional year as a Medina City Prosecutor.  He is a member and past president of the Medina County Bar Association. As a prosecutor and as an attorney in private practice since 2003, Joe has appeared in and argued cases before trial courts in Medina County and surrounding counties, several of the twelve Ohio District Courts of Appeals, and the Ohio Supreme Court. He is licensed to practice law in Ohio and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (based in Cincinnati), and the United States Supreme Court. Joe’s private practice is based in Brunswick and Medina, Ohio.

Joe is a parishioner of St. Ambrose Church. He currently serves on the Medina County Audit Committee, as the appointed representative of Commissioner Tim Smith.  Joe is a member of the Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce, the Brunswick Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Brunswick Optimist Club.

Anthony P. Capretta

Council Ward 4

Councilman Anthony P. Capretta is our current elected representative of Ward 4. He is presently chairman of the Building and Building Code committee. He is past chairman of the Safety & Environment and Services & Technology committees. Anthony’s city council experience also includes his service on the Economic Development, Parks & Recreation and Finance committees.

Councilman Capretta’s public service career spans 25 years. Prior to becoming City Councilman, he served as a Weights & Measures Inspector protecting consumers and business owners from waste and fraud. He also served as a Common Please Court and Juvenile Court Bailiff, providing courtroom security for judges and their personnel.

Councilman Capretta is a graduate of Cuyahoga Community College, with an Associate of Science Degree in Law Enforcement. He is also a graduate of Case Western Reserve University Gund School of Law – Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

Councilman Capretta and his wife, Diane, are homeowners who live at 4188 Dennis Lane. Both are parishioners of St. Ambrose Church. Anthony and Diane are advocates and supporters of St. Jude Childrens Hospital. They also support animal rescue. Currently, their latest rescue is an American English bulldog named Mugsy. Anthony is a proud and active member of our Brunswick Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3505.

To contact Anthony with any questions, please call him on his 24 hour cell phone at 216-355-6408, or his home at 330-220-8683.

Joe Delsanter

Council at Large

Joe Delsanter began public service in April 2003 appointed as Ward 3 Councilman. As of January 2018, he will serve as Councilman-at-Large. Mr. Delsanter has served on every committee and from 2007 to 2009 he was unanimously elected Vice Mayor of City Council.

While Vice-Mayor, Joe along with the City Manager met with officials of Cuyahoga Community College to negotiate for the building of Brunswick’s University Center. The Center provides affordable undergraduate education and furthering education access for the people of Greater Brunswick.

Joe is President of Agents Trucking Services, Inc. a truckload, specialized carrier, and logistics consulting service established in 1971. He met his wife Beth in Brunswick and moved here in 1993. Mr. Delsanter is the father of 3 adult children and grandfather to one.  He attended Kent State University.

Mr. Delsanter has served on various boards like the Medina County American Red Cross and Medina County Economic Development Corporation. He is a member of St. Ambrose Parish, Brunswick Eagles 3505 and has volunteered for many causes over the years. He has coached youth sports for soccer and baseball.

Joe resides at 3840 Magnolia Drive. His phone number is 330-273-7292 or you can call the Council Office, 330-558-6845. Every question and concern deserves an answer.

Patricia Hanek

Council at Large

Personal

  • Brunswick resident and homeowner since 1989
  • Married, three adult sons

Education

  • Graduate of Cleveland State University, BA
  • Post graduate courses, Miami University

Experience/Community Involvement

  • retired, former Claims Representative
  • 25+ years of public service
  • Council at Large since 2010
  • Vice Mayor/President of Council: 2016-2017, 2012-2013
  • Vice Mayor pro tempore, 2011
  • MMHA, Board of Commissioners
  • Hands Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • NOPEC, Board of Directors, 2015-2017
  • former alternate for the City of Brunswick to the Council on Aging
  • former Project Learn tutor

Brian Ousley

Council at Large

I have been a long time resident of Brunswick (34+ years), graduated from Brunswick High School in 1979, and am married with two children. I have been in the construction industry for 30+ years and a construction craft laborer for 26 years with Laborers Local #310.

As Councilman I plan:

  1. to be accountable to the citizens of Brunswick, because the citizens entrust the position of an elected official to be responsible for their actions.
  2. to work for the betterment of the city when policies are brought before the legislative body.
  3. to build teamwork between government and the citizens of Brunswick, because that is what the citizens expect.
  4. to work closely with other members of council, the City Manager and the Mayor to keep our city progressing in a positive direction.

As a husband and father I care deeply about our city and its future. I feel fortunate to have grown up here and to see Brunswick’s development. However I think there is room for growth and improvement. I believe my values and vision are what is necessary for Brunswick and its residents to thrive.