Office: (440) 885-8001
Tim DeGeeter is
the 14th mayor to serve the City of Parma.
He and his wife Pam made Parma their hometown
because they believe in the city, its hard-working
people and its future. Believing Parma is a
great place to raise a family, they have settled
on Tuxedo Avenue, where they live with their
three-year-old son Jack and their daughter
Molly, who was born in August.
DeGeeter comes to the Mayor’s office from
the Ohio House of Representatives, where he
served the 15th district, which includes Parma.
Before leaving to assume the duties of Mayor,
DeGeeter was the longest consecutive serving
member of the Ohio House. He built a record
based on fiscal responsibility while also making
critical investments in Ohio and its people.
He supported balanced budgets that cut spending
but also expanded the Homestead Tax Credit
- important for seniors in Parma and across
the state - and kept tuition low at colleges.
Last year, DeGeeter was instrumental in the
battle to save Brooklyn’s Hugo Boss plant,
which was on the verge of closing. While the
factory’s workers deserve most of the credit
for drawing attention to the issue, DeGeeter
fought alongside them to spotlight just how
critical it was to keep the plant open - an
effort that ultimately helped save more than
He wrote Ohio’s Credit Freeze Law allowing
consumers to place a hold on their credit report
as way to protect themselves against identity
theft. A former assistant municipal prosecutor,
he also sought tougher drug laws, pushing for
restrictions on the sale and manufacture of
In addition, DeGeeter introduced legislation
to expand Ohio’s Safe Haven law, a measure
that allows parents to safely surrender unwanted
infants under a no-questions-asked policy if
the child is unharmed. His involvement in this
law reflects a true understanding of the issue
because he knows just how important it is for
every child to find a nurturing home. DeGeeter’s
father, an elevator repairman, and his mother,
a registered nurse, adopted him at birth in
Before going to the Ohio House of Representatives,
DeGeeter served as Parma’s Ward Four councilman
for five years. On council, DeGeeter showed
he can bring various groups together to improve
the quality of life for Parma’s residents.
To help provide a safe and fun place for children
to play, he led a partnership of schools, businesses,
city officials and residents to restore and
dedicate a park named after Capt. James Lovell,
Jr., an Apollo 13 astronaut and Parma native.
DeGeeter also led a task force working with
the West Creek Preservation Committee that
saved the city’s oldest home, the Henninger
House built in 1849, to preserve Parma’s history
for all its residents.
DeGeeter has received awards and recognition
for his work in the community and at the statehouse.
For example, in 2008, he received the Parma
Pride Chamber Award as co-founder of Leadership
for Tomorrow - a program that partners with
public and private schools to educate fifth
graders on municipal government and to encourage
them to become active in their community.
DeGeeter’s peers in the legal community also
have recognized him as a civic leader, electing
him as President of the Parma Bar Association
for 2007-08. For his legislative advocacy for
families and children, the Parma Council of
PTAs presented the Ohio Lifetime Achievement
Award to DeGeeter in 2007. A year earlier,
he received the 2006 Ohio Child Advocacy Award
from Moms for Ohio.
In addition, the Council of State Governments
tapped him in 2006 to participate in the Bowhay
Institute for Legislative Leadership Development
program, which identifies and trains promising
state leaders in the Midwest. And in 2004,
the Parma Democrat Club honored his efforts
for the local party, naming him the Parma Democrat
of the Year.
DeGeeter grew up in Mishawaka, Ind., near
South Bend. He found his way to Northeast Ohio
when he left Holy Cross Junior College in Notre
Dame, Ind., and transferred into John Carroll
University. He received his bachelor’s degree
in 1991 and later earned his law degree in
1997 from the Cleveland Marshall College of