Kent Shafer

Member Of Council At Large City Of Delaware

Vote For No More Than 3 - Term Comm 11/15/21


Mark Butler 407 Western Dreamer Dr Delaware 43015

Catlin Frazier 220 Village Gate Blvd Delaware 43015

Carolyn Kay Riggle 226 W Heffner St Delaware 43015

Heather Rodenborg 265 W Lincoln Ave Delaware 43015-1659

Kent H. Shafer 119 Springer Woods Blvd Delaware 43015

Linda Shearer 21 Griswold St Delaware 43015

Candidate-Kent Shafer


Kent Shafer is the vice mayor of Delaware and seeking his third term on council.

He considers it both a privilege and an honor to serve on council in the city he has called home for nearly 20 years.

Kent spent more than 33 years with the Columbus Division of Police, retiring in 2012 after 18 years as a commander. He has held assignments and the patrol, traffic, gang, street crime and narcotics units, and the business office. He considers public safety the number one role of government.

While commander of the Division’s Strategic Response Bureau, Kent designed and created a program to improve the way the Division responded to community concerns and street-level crime. For his efforts, Kent was presented with the Washington Times Foundation National Service Award.

In addition to serving as vice mayor and an at-large council member, Kent is chairman of the city’s Parking and Safety Committee. He is a member of the Finance Committee, and serves as the city’s representative to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

He believes a good financial management of tax dollars and providing exceptional service should be high priorities for all elected officials. Kent is committed to working with fellow council members, city staff and fellow citizens to keep Delaware a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Kent owns a consulting business focused on criminal justice, public safety and public policy matters. He is a member of numerous criminal justice professional organizations and writes professionally on leadership, criminal justice in public safety issues.

He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has undergraduate degrees in electronics engineering in from the Ohio Institute of Technology and business administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Next Term Priorities

  1. Attainable Workforce Housing:  Providing employees of local businesses with affordable living in Delaware
  2. Economic Development along Sawmill Parkway
    1. Increases city tax base without burdening citizens
    2. Provides local jobs
  3. Prioritizing and Improving Street Maintenance
  4. Expand Downtown Parking, including Parking Garage
  5. Secure a Downtown Hotel
    1. Benefits local businesses
    2. Benefits OWU
  6. Market Airport as Economic Development Attractor

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