Administrative Office

City of Vermilion Administrative Office

5511 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion, OH 44089

Located at the corner of Main Street (Rt. 60) and Liberty Avenue (Rt. 6)

City Administrative Office Phone: (440) 204-2400

Fax: (440) 204-2411

Jim Forthofer, Mayor

Phone: (440) 204-2402


Jody Booker, Administrative Assistant

Phone: (440) 204-2402



Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm


The Administrative Office houses the office of the Mayor, the Service Director, the Utilities Billing Department, the Finance Director, the City Engineer, the Building Inspector and the Boards and Commissions Administrative Clerk and each department's support staff. The Administrative Office staff performs various secretarial and clerical duties for the appropriate department.

The general public can pick up an application for North Central Emergency Ambulance Service, solicitors permits and general information about the city and its services. You may also pay the water/utility bill at the city office. The regular business hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm.

The City of Vermilion is pleased to make available to the public all city information not exempted from disclosure by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio. By notifying the appropriate department of the information needed, we will provide the non-exempted requested information within a reasonable amount of time.

About Mayor Jim Forthofer

Jim Forthofer has a love of Vermilion, concern for its residents and 35 years of experience in executive level visionary leadership, relationship building and organization management.

Jim attended St. Mary’s Elementary School, Avon; St. Edward High School, Lakewood; Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Public Communication, Journalism; and Northwestern University, Kellogg Management School, Publication Management.

Jim worked 35 years as a successful executive level manager, managing a national staff of 60 and responsible for a multi-million dollar budget. He project managed national product launches and financial initiatives, formed alliances and partnerships with outside organizations and oriented staff to prioritize customer service above all else.

Jim served as Vermilion Councilman, Ward III; Chairman: Streets, Building & Grounds Committee. He successfully spearheaded the search for additional resources to repair the worst of Vermilion’s streets left unfunded by the Streets Levy Fund.

Jim was President of the Historic Design & Review Board. He worked to preserve the historic character of buildings in Vermilion’s Harbortown District. He developed reports proving the national relationship between regulated historic districts and increased property values.

Jim served on the Vermilion Parks & Recreation Board. He authored comprehensive policies for Vermilion’s parks. With Parks Supervisor Dana Corogin, he managed development of Friendship Park on the site of the old ambulance garage. Friendship Park won Heritage Ohio’s Urban Project of the Year Award in 2014. Jim was Publicity Chairman, promoting Vermilion parks activities and features to local media.

Jim volunteered on Main Street Vermilion's Marketing Committee. He worked to develop new business for downtown merchants, studied visitor patterns to Vermilion and placed web and print promotions for Vermilion activities.

Jim was part of the Museum Acquisition Committee. He helped raise private funds to acquire the Inland Seas Museum property for the city of Vermilion; $1.65 million raised - no tax dollars. This beautiful lakefront land is secured for use by the residents of Vermilion for future generations.

Jim served on the Roads Levy Committee. He helped generate support for passage of a dedicated road repair levy in 2013 to address Vermilion’s deteriorated city roads.

Jim is part of the Museum Restoration Committee, currently reviewing architects and plans for restoration of the Vermilion’s Inland Seas Museum property.


The Mayor is elected at the regular municipal election held every four years for a term of four years commencing on the first day of January following the election.

The Mayor must be a resident of the Municipality for at least three continuous years prior to election and shall continue to be a resident of the Municipality throughout his or her term of office. He or she shall not hold any other public office, except as otherwise provided in the City Charter or by ordinance enacted thereunder, and that of Notary Public or membership in the State Militia or reserve corps of the United States. 

The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the Municipality. He or she (1) supervises the administration of the Municipality's affairs; (2) exercises control over all departments and divisions; (3) is the chief conservator of the peace within the Municipality and shall cause all laws and ordinances to be enforced therein; (4) recommends to the Council such measures as may deem necessary or expedient; (5) sees that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the Municipality or its inhabitants in any franchise or contract to which the Municipality is a party are faithfully kept and performed; (6) prepares and submits to the Council such reports as it may require; (7) acts as the official and ceremonial head of the municipal government; (8) executes on behalf of the Municipality all contracts, conveyances, evidences of indebtedness and all other instruments to which the Municipality is a party; (9) has custody of the seal of the Municipality and may affix it to all of the aforesaid documents, but the absence of the seal shall not affect the validity of any such instrument; and (10) performs such duties as are conferred or required by the City Charter, by any ordinance or resolution of the Council or by the laws of the State of Ohio.

Subject to the provisions of the civil service regulations and the provisions of the City Charter, the Mayor has the power to appoint, promote, discipline, transfer, reduce or remove any officer or employee of the Municipality except those required by the Charter to be elected, and those whose terms of office may be affixed by the Charter.

The Mayor attends Council meetings but has no vote therein. He or she has the right to recommend and introduce legislation and to take part in the discussion of all matters coming before Council.

Every ordinance or resolution adopted by Council shall be signed by the President of Council or other presiding officer, attested by the Clerk of Council and presented promptly to the Mayor for consideration before it goes into effect. If the Mayor approves such ordinance or resolution, he or she shall sign and return it to the Clerk of Council within ten days after its adoption by Council, but if he or she does not approve it, it is to be returned to Council within ten days with written objections by delivery to the Clerk of Council, which objections shall be entered in full on the journal of the Council. The Mayor may approve or disapprove the whole or any item of an ordinance or resolution appropriating money, but otherwise approval or disapproval shall be addressed to the entire ordinance or resolution. If he or she does not return an ordinance or resolution within the ten day period, it shall take effect in the same manner as if he or she had signed it. When the Mayor has disapproved an ordinance or resolution, or a part or item thereof as herein provided, the Council shall, no later than its next regular meeting, proceed to reconsider it, and if upon reconsideration the ordinance or resolution or part or item thereof be approved by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of Council, it shall then take effect as if it had received the approval of the Mayor.

The Mayor has all the judicial powers granted from time to time by the general laws of the State of Ohio to mayors of municipalities of the class of this municipality.