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District 5 - Michael Gallagher

Michael Gallagher

Michael J. Gallagher is honored to serve as the District 5 County Council Representative, and is committed to continuing Council’s efforts in restoring the full faith and trust of the public in Cuyahoga County government. During his initial term in office, Mr. Gallagher has been focused on public safety issues, local business promotion and the new county government building.

Mr. Gallagher’s elected public service began in in 1999, when he was first voted on to Strongsville’s City Council, where he also was President of Council for three years. He has served as a Trustee on the Hospital Board of Southwest General Hospital and as city council’s representative to the Strongsville School Board. He is most proud of having founded the Strongsville Youth Commission, which promotes young adult leadership in the city. Gallagher remains an active member of the Strongsville Rotary Club as well as the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Gallagher retired from the State Court of Appeals, 8th District, as a Deputy Court Administrator in 2010. He was the recipient of the Franklin A. Polk Public Servants Award in 2007, awarded by the Cuyahoga County Bar Foundation.

Born and raised in Lakewood, he is a graduate of Lakewood Saint Edward High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cleveland State University. Mr. Gallagher is married to Sandy (Sakellaris) and together they have raised two sons, Alex and Sam, while residing in Strongsville for almost 20 years.

Mr. Gallagher is chair of the Public Safety & Justice Affairs Committee.


Contact Information

Cuyahoga County Council
2079 East 9th Street – 8th Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Office: 216/698-2015
Fax: 216/698-2040

District 5

District 5District 5 includes the cities of Berea, Middleburg Heights, North Royalton, Olmsted Falls, and Strongsville, and Olmsted Township Precinct D. The district includes suburban communities with household incomes and education levels higher than the county average. Cleveland Metroparks owns and manages many acres of parkland in this district.
Quick facts about District 5:

2010 Decennial Census
  • The Census showed that in 2000 the total population of District 5 was 110,002 persons. By 2010, the District’s population had increased by 6.2%, to 116,824 persons.
  • District 5 exhibited a 2010 population density of 1,784 persons per square mile. Countywide, the population density was 2,800 persons per square mile.
  • For persons reporting one race in the 2010 Census, 94.0% were White, 2.5% were Black or African-American, 2.9% were Asian/Pacific Islander, and 0.6% were Some Other Race.
  • Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin (which can be of any race) comprised 2.2% of the population in 2010. Countywide, 4.8% of the population was comprised of persons of Hispanic or Latino origin.
  • There were 47,329 households in District 5 in 2010, 65.9% of which were family households. Countywide, 58.7% of all households were family households.
  • In 2010, 21.8% of the population in District 5 were under age 18, while 15.4% were 65 years of age or older. Countywide, 22.7% were under age 18, while 15.5% were 65 years of age or older.
  • In 2010, 94.6% of the 50,037 housing units located in District 5 were occupied. Of those occupied housing units, 35,996 units (76.1%) were owner-occupied. Countywide, 60.9% of occupied housing units were owner-occupied.
2006 - 2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
  • The 2006-2010 ACS showed that of all persons who were age 25 or older, 93.6% had a high school diploma or had some additional education beyond high school, while 35.8% of those high school graduates had a bachelor’s degree or higher. Countywide, 86.4% had a high school diploma or had some additional education, while 28.2% had a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Only 6.4% of all persons who were age 25 or older had not graduated from high school. Countywide, 13.7% of all persons had not graduated from high school.
  • The median household income in District 5, at $65,370, was higher than the median income for Cuyahoga County as a whole, which was $43,603.
  • In District 5, 5.9% of all persons had incomes that were below the poverty level. Countywide, 16.4% of all persons had incomes that were below the poverty level.
  • In District 5, 5.9%, of families with children under age 18 had incomes that were below the poverty level, in comparison to the countywide rate of 19.9%.
  • In District 5, 5.4% of all persons age 65 and over had incomes that were below the poverty level, in comparison to the countywide rate of 10.9%.
Prepared by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, January 2013
Source: New NEOCANDO, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, MSASS, Case Western Reserve University, 2000 and 2010 Censuses, accessed 1/14/2013 and 1/24/2013, For Census information regarding Cleveland Wards, see: