Ward 1 Councilman Ralph Copley is currently serving his sixth term, having been elected in 2014. He chairs the Public Safety Committee, a committee that he considers to be of utmost importance for the well-being of citizens. He is also a member of the Public Service Committee and also serves on the Stormwater Commission.
He has served in the past on the Public Ways Committee, Airport Commission, and the Senior Citizens Commission. The Ward 1 Councilman welcomes any questions or comments that you wish to share regarding “our great community.” As stated in his original campaign for Council: "If it is important to you, it is important to me.”
Mr. Copley began his service to the community in 1982 by joining the Wadsworth Fire Department as a Volunteer Firefighter/ EMT. From 1989 to 2002, he served as Wadsworth’s Chief Fire Inspector and was the Assistant Chief from 1992 until becoming Interim Fire Chief due to the retirement of the previous Chief. In February 2003, Mr. Copley was appointed to the position of Fire Chief, which he held until retirement in December 2012.
After retiring as Fire Chief, Mr. Copley wanted to continue to give back to the citizens of “our great community” by running for City Council Ward 1. He feels that being a member of City Council allows him to represent the citizens and still be involved in all aspects of public service. He was also a member of the Executive Board of the Medina County Emergency Management Agency for over 30 years.
Because Mr. Copley very much loves the fire service, he accepted a position with Jackson Township as a part-time Fire Safety Inspector in Stark County and retired after 7 years of service to spend more time with his family especially his grandchildren Andrew and Ava.
Council member Copley has been a resident of Wadsworth for 45years. His wife, Sue, has spent her whole life in Wadsworth. They are the proud parents of one son, Adam, and have two grandchildren, Andrew who was born in 2020 and Ava who was born in 2022.