Election & Service
Ward 1 Councilman Ralph Copley is currently serving his fourth 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. Mr. Copley also serves on the Stormwater Commisson. 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 then 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. He says it gives him the opportunity to continue his commitment to the safety of persons and property from fires.
Council member Copley has been a resident of Wadsworth for 40 years. His wife, Sue, has spent her whole life in Wadsworth. They are the proud parents of one son, Adam, and look forward to becoming grandparents in 2020.