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.


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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