Mayor's Office Info

Ben Kessler, Mayor


Debbie Maynard, Assistant to the Mayor

Contact & Location:
2242 East Main Street
Bexley, Ohio 43209

phone: (614) 559-4210 

Office of the Mayor

 Ben Kessler, Mayor of the City of Bexley

The Mayor serves as the chief executive officer, safety director, and director of development for the City of Bexley.  As well as overseeing day-to-day operations at the city and supervising city personnel, the Mayor is also tasked by the City's charter with creating and implementing the City's strategic plan.


Bexley's 2012 In Review

As we prepare for a busy and exhilarating 2013, I want to take a moment to look back on 2012 and remember some of the key events and ideas that shaped our year.

We can’t celebrate the year without celebrating the life of Mayor John Brennan, and commemorating what he brought to the community over many years as Recreation director, City Council member, and Mayor of Bexley. Mayor Brennan is missed and remembered every day at city hall, and will be for many years to come. One way we’ve honored John’s memory is by moving forward to continuously improve our community. Here are some highlights from that effort over the past year.

A Year of Firsts

  • Capital's Blackmore Library added a new entryway off of Main Street, opening up the campus to Main Street.
  • Bexley Recreation pulled off a superb First Annual Bexley Family Community Campout at Jeffrey Park. 
  • City Council passed legislation allowing for the serving of alcohol at special events at Jeffrey Mansion, subject to the Recreation alcohol policy. 
  • The inaugural LoveYourAlley contest concluded with a winning individual alley on South Roosevelt and a winning alley block between Bexley Park and Brentwood. 
  • The City launched a communications initiative to alert residents of upcoming property hearings via blue signs on the subject property. 
  • The building department launched the Bexley Home Maintenance Assistance program, connecting volunteers to residents in need of assistance with property maintenance. 

Accolades and Achievements

  • Bexley High School was ranked as the #2 High School in the state of Ohio by US News & World Report, topping the list for central Ohio high schools and bringing national attention to Bexley’s excellent educational system. 
  • The third year of the Bexley Farmers Market started and finished stronger than ever, with an increase in vendors and traffic, and a steadily building reputation as one of the key farmers markets in central Ohio.

Infrastructure Investments

  • The South Cassady Avenue and College Avenue water line replacement and street reconstruction projects were completed in 2012. 
  • The City resurfaced six alleys in 2012, and worked with Columbia Gas to resurface alleys on the north side of Main Street.

Communications Enhancements
Enhancing the city’s communication was a top agenda item for 2012. This year, we released a revamped, started the Bexley Blast weekly email updates (sign up at, and started live streaming and video archiving of City Council and Commission meetings.

New Grant Opportunities Shape the City 
With the launch of the Bexley Community Foundation, and the City’s strategy to increasingly seek out grant opportunities for project funding, the City was awarded grants for: 

  • Sidewalks for the entryway to Jeffrey mansion that will flank both sides of the drive (Bexley Community Foundation grant) 
  • Kayaks and canoes for Alum Creek (Bexley Community Foundation grant) 
  • Main Street water line repair, street resurfacing, and traffic signal upgrades (75% OPWC grant for 2013) 
  • Bexley community branding grant in partnership with the schools, the library, Bexley women’s club, and the Bexley Celebrations Assoc. (Bexley Community Foundation grant) 
  • Bexley Alum Creek Park planning grant (Bexley Community Foundation grant and Jeffrey Fund grant) 
  • Movies on Main grant - free family movie series on Capital’s front lawn during the summer of 2013! (Bexley Community Foundation grant)

Preparing for 2013 and Beyond

  • The City prepared and adopted the first post-estate tax balanced budget for 2013. 
  • The City worked on plans for infrastructure and streetscape upgrades to Main Street for 2013. 
  • Bexley was awarded the 2013 Chautauqua. The Chautauqua will take place on the front lawn of Capital University in mid July.

2012 was certainly busy, and we have plenty to keep us occupied in 2013 - we'll be releasing goals for 2013 over the coming weeks.  Until then, have a safe and happy New Year!

See you around Bexley,

Ben Kessler


Correction to ThisWeek article on Livingston improvements

The improvement of Livingston Avenue is an important priority for Bexley.  Some good background to the logic and status of the Livingston effort to date can be found in this article on  

A recent article in ThisWeek news (the article can be read here) covered the topic, and I just wanted to clarify that the City of Bexley is not exploring the idea of "medians" for Livingston Avenue.  Rather, at the recommendation of the Bexley Tree and Public Gardens Commission, we are exploring the concept of a landscape easement for the commercial portions of Livingston.  (In the past decade or so, landscape easements have been provided to the City for the residential portion of Livingston - this would extend that concept west to the commercial portion as well).  This would allow the planting of street trees along Livingston Avenue, an act which, if carried to both sides of the street, would be a great first start at changing the built character of the street.  Currently, street trees are not possible because the right-of-way ends at the border of the sidewalks along Livingston.


Congratulations to Bexley Schools - Bexley HS Ranked #2 in Ohio!

Today yet another piece of evidence cements what we've known all along -  Bexley is indeed characterized by "excellence in education".  U.S. News & World Report ranked Bexley High School as the #2 High School in the State of Ohio.  We are fiercely proud of our excellent school systems.  Many congratulations to Dr. Johnson, the Bexley School Board, and the stellar faculty and staff of Bexley High School for this wonderful achievement.

Read the report here:


The 2012 Bexley State of the City Address Online

The 2012 Bexley State of the City Address can be viewed (slides with audio embedded) below, or a PDF of the presentation slides can be downloaded here.

The State of the City Address is embedded below.  This audio was taken from the address on April 19th and superimposed over the slides from the presentation.  Keep a look out for a companion report/Mayor's strategy which should be posted online in the next couple of weeks...

2012 Bexley State of the City Address from The City of Bexley on Vimeo.



Interpreting the 2012 Bexley Community Survey

The City of Bexley, in partnership with Capital University, recently sent out a resident survey to 744 randomly selected households in Bexley.  The survey asked a variety of questions about residents’ perceptions regarding the quality and value of services residents received from the City, and also asked some questions on more current topics of interest, such as whether residents would be interested in the city providing video of council meetings, or whether or not the city should allow the serving of alcohol at Jeffrey Mansion during special events.  

Of the 744 surveys that were delivered, 235 were completed and returned, providing an unusually high and statistically significant response rate of 32%.  One of the interesting aspects of this survey is the fact that it asked many of the same questions that were asked by Professor Bruning and his students in an earlier community survey that was collected in 2005.  This continuity has given us a good opportunity to analyze changes, if any, in resident opinion and perspective over the past seven years.  

So what can we learn from the community survey?  First, let’s talk about the positives.  The survey showed that resident satisfaction with their “association with Bexley” has increased over the seven year period and is now at 95% - a number which, by any account, is very positive.  And the percentage of residents that say the city has “met” or “exceeded” their expectations has increased on both counts, while the percentage saying it has “fallen short” has decreased.  Likewise, the city continued to score high points on the effectiveness of city services, particularly in the case of the police and recreation departments.  

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