Ray Haseley Leaves City Council with a Smile

Long-time Ward 2 rep looking forward to retirement

left his last City Council meeting Monday night with lot of good wishes and a big grin on his face.

"It's been a good ride, and I'm ready to ride off into the sunset -- with golf clubs in hand," the long-time Ward 2 councilman said.

Haseley received proclamations and awards from his colleagues on council, Mayor Tom Perciak, State Rep. Mike Dovilla and State Sen. Tom Patton.

"I forgot my costume, so I can't do that," said , referring to Ward 3 Councilman Mark Roth's final meeting two weeks ago in which Roth gave his farewell speech dressed as a gladiator. 

Perciak proclaimed Dec. 31 "Raymond L. Haseley Day" in Strongsville and thanked him for his time, dedication and leadership, particularly for his seven months as acting mayor in 2003 after the unexpected death of Walter Ehrnfelt.

"I can't begin to thank you. Our city can't begin to thank your for keeping us together for that seven-month period," Perciak said.

Haseley started his political career in Strongsville on the Planning Commission before winning election to council 14 years ago. He served as a trustee for the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce 21 years and as president for two years.

Haseley, who lost re-election this year to newcomer , is a U.S. Navy veteran who has watched the Indianapolis 500 in person for the last 57 years in a row.

"The city's been awfully lucky to have Ray Haseley at the helm," Patton said Monday night.

Haseley and his wife, Tammy, plan to travel and spend time with their 23 grandchildren.



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