Ward 1 Councilman Ralph Copley is currently serving his fifth term, having been elected in 2014. He chairs the Public Safety Committee, a committee that he considers to be of utmost importance for the well-being of citizens. He notes that the building of a new fire station to replace the existing Main Station will be the most important agenda item for this term with construction costs estimated to be around 7.5 million dollars of tax dollars. He also sits on the Public Ways Committee for this term which he had previously served along with the Public Service Committee. Mr. Copley also serves on the Stormwater Commission. The Ward 1 Councilman welcomes any questions or comments that you wish to share regarding “our great community.” As stated in his original campaign for Council: "If it is important to you, it is important to me.”
Mr. Copley began his service to the community in 1982 by joining the Wadsworth Fire Department as a Volunteer Firefighter/ EMT. From 1989 to 2002, he served as Wadsworth’s Chief Fire Inspector and was the Assistant Chief from 1992 until becoming Interim Fire Chief due to the retirement of the previous Chief. In February 2003, Mr. Copley was appointed to the position of Fire Chief, which he held until retirement in December 2012.
After retiring as Fire Chief, Mr. Copley wanted to continue to give back to the citizens of “our great community” by running for City Council Ward 1. He feels that being a member of City Council allows him to represent the citizens and still be involved in all aspects of public service. He has also been a member of the Executive Board of the Medina County Emergency Management Agency since its inception in 1988. Because Mr. Copley very much loves the fire service, he accepted a position with Jackson Township as a part-time Fire Safety Inspector in Stark County and retired after 7 years of service to spend more time with his family especially his grandson Andrew.
Councilmember Copley has been a resident of Wadsworth for 43years. His wife, Sue, has spent her whole life in Wadsworth. They are the proud parents of one son, Adam, and have one grandson, Andrew who was born in 2020 and will have a new granddaughter in March of 2022.