Meet the Mayor: Lee Czerwonka of Blue Ash strives to help his suburban community thrive

BLUE ASH, Oh. - How well do you know the top man or woman of your town? Our new weekly feature will introduce you to the people charged with keeping Tri-State municipalities ticking.

Lee Czerwonka (born Sept. 3, 1960), Blue Ash

Elected: Re-elected to Blue Ash City Council on Nov. 5, 2013; sworn-in as mayor on Dec. 2, 2013

County: Hamilton

Population: 12,114
Founded: 1961

Claim to fame: Twenty minutes north of Cincinnati, Blue Ash boasts that is has "the best of both worlds," in its close-knit community near the big city: "top-ranked schools, superior parks and recreation, outstanding cultural and entertainment events and a thriving business community, making Blue Ash the ideal place to live, work and visit."

Lee Czerwonka was first appointed to Blue Ash City Council Sept. 9, 2004, and was first elected to office in 2005 municipal elections. 

Before joining the city council, Czerwonka served on the Blue Ash Planning Commission as vice chairman from August 2002 to September 2004. Since then, he has served as chairman of the City Beautification Committee.

Czerwonka's public and civic activities include:

  • membership on the State Auditor’s Regional Advisory Board (2007 to the present)
  • membership of the Hamilton County Municipal League Board (2008 to present)
  • Blue Ash representative for the Hamilton County Climate Initiative (2008 to present).
  • trustee and president of the Blue Ash Civic League (2005 to present)
  • president of the Fallsington Grant Homeowners Association (1993 to 2000 and 2003 to present)
  • volunteer for the Cancer Support Community of Cincinnati
  • regular donor to the Hoxworth Blood Center

1. What is the single biggest issue facing your town?

The biggest issue facing Blue Ash is maintaining the ability to consistently meet the residents’ needs. The city is home to more than 12,000 residents and more than 2,000 businesses, and they all chose Blue Ash for a specific reason. The city wants to maintain its current relationships while also attracting more businesses to the city.

2. If someone were to visit your town for the first time, what should they see and do?

Blue Ash offers great recreational amenities to its residents, corporate citizens, and visitors. Visitors can play a round of golf at the Blue Ash Golf Course located at the Cooper Creek Event Center, visit the Historic Hunt House, or check out the Crosley Field replica located at our Sports Center on Grooms Road.

During the summertime, visitors can enjoy free Tuesday and Friday night concerts in Nature Park or Towne Square, attend Red, White, and Blue Ash or the Taste of Blue Ash, or sign up for a class at the Recreation Center.

Visitors can also stop by the Bicentennial Veterans Memorial at Towne Square, which pays tribute to our military with 13 unique statues for each war our country has endured.

3. What is your proudest accomplishment as mayor?

Supporting the development of Summit Park since its inception, and watching it develop over time as an outstanding amenity for our residents.

4. What do you hope is different about your town in ten years?

In 10 years, the majority of Summit Park will be completed. This will change the dynamic of Blue Ash because of the limitless recreational opportunities the park will offer. While currently under construction, this park will develop immensely over the next decade and will be a regional amenity for a projected 750,000+ annual visitors to enjoy.

It will feature an observation tower reaching heights of more than 100 feet, a large lawn and performance stage, community pavilion covered by a glass canopy, and many more assets, Summit Park will truly be a unique landmark for Blue Ash, making the city a destination point for many.

5. What are your political aspirations?

I am looking forward to serving the citizens of Blue Ash and helping to maintain the city.

6. I bet you didn’t know…

I was the 2004 recipient of the Amateur Gardener Award from the Cincinnati Horticultural Society. And I was also a grade school classmate with George Clooney at St. Susanna’s in Mason.

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