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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. 

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 23 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,  North Royalton, Olmsted Falls, 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 2006 - 2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates 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: