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Akron City Council President

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Margo Sommerville (D) is president of council, chairs the Committee on Committees and is an ex-officio member of all standing Council Committees. She is the daughter of former Ward 3 representative and council president Marco Sommerville. She was appointed to office on Jan. 7, 2013, to replace her father when he accepted a position on Mayor Don Plusquellic’s cabinet.

Sommerville is vice president and funeral director of Sommerville Funeral Services. She attended Firestone High School. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Lincoln University and a Master’s in Public Administration/Urban Studies from The University of Akron.

City council operates under a committee system with 10 standing committees. The president of council is an ex-officio member of all standing committees. Committee members are appointed by a Committee on Committees, which is chaired by the president of council.

Matters that come before council are assigned by the president to the appropriate committee. The agenda and new legislation list summarize all legislation to be considered by each committee that week.

Committees hold open meetings on Monday afternoons to discuss the issues before them and make reports and recommendations to the full body of council. The committees’ recommendations usually are adopted by council. Therefore, citizens wishing to be heard on issues are encouraged to voice their concerns at the appropriate committee meetings.

Council meets each Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in council chambers on the third floor of the Akron Municipal Building, 166 South High Street. City Council does not meet when a national holiday falls on a Monday, and recesses for one month in summer and two weeks in winter.

For more information about Akron City Council Members please visit www.akroncitycouncil.org

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