Government

City Council Members 2017-2018

President of Council, Joe Comer

President of Council, Joe Comer

Email:     jcomer@deerpark-oh.gov

Joe is a twenty eight year resident of the City of Deer Park and has been President of Council for the last eight years. Prior to that he served two years as Ward 3 Council representative and he served six years as a Council At Large representative.    

Joe is a member of the St. Saviour Parish, and a former Vice Chairman of Parish Council.  He is the father of four sons and the grandfather of three boys and one girl. 

After 38 years in the metal working industry, Joe spent 10 years as an automotive salesman and is currently semi retired and working as a mortgage loan officer and in security at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Councilperson Ward 1, Lori Newsom

Councilperson Ward 1, Lori Newsom

Email:     lnewsom@deerpark-oh.gov

Lori is serving her fourth year as Ward One Representative and is a member of the the Safety Committee. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and a lifelong Buckeye fan.

She began her career in retailing, moved on to sales and marketing and has been a licensed Realtor for the past 30 years. 

Lori has two sons and two grandsons who also live here in Deer Park and they are the joy of her life. She volunteers with local charities that feed hungry children and went on a mission trip to South Africa.

Lori feels greatly blessed to live in a neighborhood like Deer Park and just wants to do what she can to continue our wonderful sense of community.

Councilperson Ward 2, Mike Rapp

Councilperson Ward 2, Mike Rapp

Email:     mrapp@deerpark-oh.gov

Mike has been a resident of Deer Park for over 40 years. He is a graduate of Moeller High School and attended the University of Cincinnati College of Applied Science.

Mike and his wife Debbie have three children and reside on MacNicholas Ave.

Mike is currently serving on city council as the Ward 2 Representative and is Chair of the Public Works Committee. 

Councilperson Ward 3, Dan Lehane

Councilperson Ward 3, Emily Culver

Email:     eculver@deerpark-oh.gov 

A Cleveland native, Emily moved to Cincinnati to pursue a Master's degree in Anthropology. She graduated in 2011 from the University of Cincinnati and moved to Deer Park in 2015. 

Emily and her husband own a small archaeology consulting firm. They travel throughout the eastern United States, but, she says, they have not yet found any dinosaur bones!

Emily volunteers at the Deer Park Branch Library.  She is the Council Representative for Ward 3 and is currently serving on the Public Works Committee. 

Councilperson Ward 4, Chris Hedger

Councilperson Ward 4, Shawn Gavin

Email:     sgavin@deerpark-oh.gov 

Shawn has been a resident of Deer Park for over 30 years.  He and his wife, Catherine, have 3 children, all graduates of Deer Park High School.  Proud grandparents to 9 grandchildren, 4 of them are attending Deer Park City Schools.  

In 2004, Shawn was appointed to the Deer Park Park Board and over the years served in a variety of roles from concession stand volunteer, to Treasurer of the Park Board, to Chair of the Days in the Park Festival.

In 2008, Shawn was appointed to the Comprehensive Plan Committee, now known as the 2030 Plan.

Wanting to become more involved with the revitalization efforts of the City, he ran for Council in 2009 and was elected to a 2 year term.

In 2018, Shawn was again elected to Council and currently serves as the Representative in Ward 4.  He is looking forward to helping the city move forward with it's redevelopment efforts.

Councilperson At Large, Charles Tassell

Councilperson At Large, Charles Tassell

Email:     ctassell@deerpark-oh.gov

Charles Tassell is currently serving as a Council at Large Representative. He is Chairman of the Public Works Committee, a member of the Legislative & Finance Committee and serves as Council's representative to the OKI Regional Council of Governments. Charles has been married to Regina Tassell for just over 22 years and has three children: CJ 16, Regan 12, and Eliza 4.

Charles has been working on public policies for the past 20 years. He has advised policy development for dozens of municipalities, counties, and state departments, including authoring several pieces of legislation.

Charles is a Board member of COAST, and Maximum Freedom Inc. (an abstinence awareness program for schools) as well as an Elder at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.

Councilperson At Large, Shaughn Daily

Councilperson At Large, Shaughn Daily

Email:     sdaily@deerpark-oh.gov

Shaughn is an 18 year resident of Deer Park and is currently serving as a Council at Large Representative. He and his wife Dianne, have been married for 18 years and they have a 16 year old son Daniel, who attends Deer Park High School.

As a member of the Deer Park Park Board, Shaughn organized the "Cars in the Park" Car Show. He was a volunteer Firefighter/EMT for the Miami Township Fire Department and has served as President of the Miami Heights Volunteer Firemen's Association and has chaired their annual Firemen's Festival.

Shaughn is a licensed optician and works at Target Optical.  He is also a licensed auctioneer and a real estate agent. Shaughn and his family are very involved with the Deer Park City Schools, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" events.

Councilperson At Large, Tom Camp

Councilperson At Large, Tom Camp

Email:     tcamp@deerpark-oh.gov

Tom is a lifelong resident of Deer Park and graduated from Deer Park High School in 1973.  His father, J. Henry Camp, served as Safety Service Director for Deer Park from 1959 to 1975 and his mother, Helen R. Camp, served on Council in Deer Park for 12 years.   

He is a 45+ year member of the Deer Park/Silverton Joint Fire District, and proudly served 10 of those years as the Fire Chief and is currently serving as the part time Deputy Fire Chief.  Tom has been a member of the Hamilton County Fire Chiefs Asso. since 1989, and served as Vice President for 4 years.  He is founder and former owner of Camp Safety Equipment Inc.

Tom served as Chairman of Deer Park Civil Service Commission, was EMA Director, Chair of the DP World Trade Center 911 Memorial Committee, and is a member of the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), and the Comprehensive Plan committee.

A longtime member of St. Saviour Catholic Church, Tom and his wife Patricia (Keller) have 2 children, Emily (Donald) and Christopher (Meredith) and 4.5 grandchildren. Every chance they get they enjoy traveling in their motorhome.

Clerk of Council, Joanie Perin

Clerk of Council, Joanie Perin

Joanie is beginning her fifth year as Clerk of Council.  She grew up in Deer Park and graduated from Deer Park High School in 1989.  In 2004, Joanie moved back to Deer Park to raise her daughter who will be graduating from Deer Park High School this year. 

Joanie has worked in both customer service and in the medical field for over 20 years.  She is happily engaged to David Lewis and they plan to wed in 2019. 

Several years ago Joanie began volunteering at the Days in the Park Festival under the leadership of her late brother, former Deer Park City Councilman John Perin Jr. Joanie expresses the importance of carrying on John’s legacy of service to the City of Deer Park. “I’m with them”, she said, “because that’s where we’re from”.