John Brennan, incumbent mayor of Bexley, Ohio, is dead at age 64. John was a long-time resident of Bexley, active in municipal affairs.
Before his election to a first term as Bexley mayor, John served seven years on city council (1988 to 1995). John also served as president of Bexley city council for 1994 and 1995.
John's tenure as mayor benefited the Bexley community because he recognized early, the symptoms of public finance problems that have visited municipalities around the world.
John proposed and won from city council repeated cuts in municipal expenses. Besides budget cuts, John led the campaign for a city income tax that increases the money available to meet the on-going budget needs of the community.
On Monday, as word of John's death spread throughout the Bexley community, the adjectives that were repeated were "practical," "prudent," "hard-working," "dedicated" and "diligent."
John was a longtime member of St. Catharine parish. His widow is Ann Brennan. John and Ann were married for twenty-eight years and they have three children.
Ben Kessler, president of Bexley city council, has been serving as acting mayor since
January 12, 2012.
Flags on municipal buildings and other public facilities in Bexley are lowered to half-staff.