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District 4 - Charles M. Germana
A past president of the Parma City Council for 19 years, Charles M. Germana states that a top priority of charter government must be inspiring confidence in the electorate by holding all meetings and transactions in an open, ethical, transparent, and fair manner. His vision is that Cuyahoga County government streamlines operations where necessary and ensures that needed services are delivered in an expeditious and adequate manner. Re-elected to County Council for a 4 year term in 2012, he characterizes the first two years on County Council as setting the standard for how urban Ohio counties should operate.
Since 1971, Mr. Germana has worked as an Independent Insurance Agent with the Four Star Insurance Agency in Parma, Ohio. He has also served as a Board member and Treasurer, Vice-President, and President of the Northeast Ohio City Council Association, as well as a 32-year Board member, Treasurer, and two-time President of the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce. He has also been involved with the Parma Hospital Health Care Foundation, Proud of Parma Committee, and Boy Scouts of America.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Ohio University and is an Army veteran, serving at Fort Knox and 3d Infantry Division, Adjutant General office in Wuerzburg, Germany.
Mr. Germana has been married to his wife, Anne, for 44 years, and has four grown children: Gigi Musarra, Paul Germana, Bridget Wells, and C. Gregor Germana, and four granddaughters, Sophia and Gabriella Musarra, Zoe and Giavana Germana and grandson Landon C. Wells.
Mr. Germana is chair of the Public Works, Procurement & Contracting Committee.
Cuyahoga County Council
2079 East 9th Street – 8th Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
District 4, which encompasses approximately 32 square miles, includes the cities of Middleburg Heights, Parma, and Parma Heights. With a 2010 population of 118,265 persons and a housing unit count of 54,489 units, the District contains 9.2% of the County’s population and 8.8% of the County’s housing units.
Quick facts about District 4:
2010 Decennial Census
2006 - 2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
- The Census showed that in 2000 the total population of District 4 was 122,819 persons. By 2010, the District’s population had declined by 3.7%, to 118,265 persons.
- District 4 exhibited a 2010 population density of 3,664 persons per square mile. Countywide, the population density was 2,800 persons per square mile.
- For persons reporting one race in the 2010 Census, 93.8% were White, 2.4% were Black or African-American, 2.7% were Asian/Pacific Islander, and 1.2% were Some Other Race.
- Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin (which can be of any race) comprised 3.4% of the population in 2010. Countywide, 4.8% of the population was comprised of persons of Hispanic or Latino origin.
- There were 51,137 households in District 4 in 2010, 61.0% of which were family households. Countywide, 58.7% of all households were family households.
- In 2010, 19.8% of the population in District 4 were under age 18, while 18.9% 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, 93.8% of the 54,489 housing units located in District 4 were occupied. Of those occupied housing units, 36,426 units (71.2%) were owner-occupied. Countywide, 60.9% of occupied housing units were owner-occupied.
- The 2006-2010 ACS showed that of all persons who were age 25 or older, 88.1% had a high school diploma or had some additional education beyond high school, while 21.1% 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 11.2% 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 4, at $47,831, was higher than the median income for Cuyahoga County as a whole, which was $43,603.
- In District 4, 8.5% 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 4, 10.2%, 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 4, 5.6% 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 http://planning.co.cuyahoga.oh.us/census/.
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, http://neocando.case.edu/. For Census information regarding Cleveland Wards, see: http://planning.city.cleveland.oh.us/2010census/cpc.html.