Mayor William V. Sherer II

About the Mayor

William V. Sherer II was elected Mayor of the City of Canton in 2023 and started his term on January 1, 2024. A lifelong resident of Stark County and having been born in Canton, Mayor Sherer graduated from McKinley High School in 1988 and the Ironworkers Local 550 Apprenticeship Training Program in 1992.

Since 1989, Mayor Sherer’s career began with the Ironworkers Local 550, where he served various elected and appointed positions, including Executive Training Director, Vice President, President, Business Agent, and Business Manager - the position he held until his election as Mayor.   Prior to being elected Mayor, he also served the City of Canton as a member of the Income Tax Review Board, the Canton Community Improvement Corporation (CCIC) Board, and was the Canton City Council President from 2018 until his election as Mayor.  Other positions held include serving as President of the Ohio Ironworkers Association, Board Member for the J. Babe Stearn Community Center, Vice Chairman of the Stark County Democratic Party, and Board Member of the Stark County United Way.  He is also a member of the Jefferson Jackson Democratic Club and Canton Ex-Newsboys Association.

Mayor Sherer and his wife, Carrie, are proud of their three daughters and two grandchildren.

Duties of the Mayor

The Mayor is responsible for a wide variety of functions in city government. While some of these functions are the result of over 200 years' tradition - others are listed directly in state law. These duties are listed in the Ohio Revised Code, a summary of which appears below.

Legal Responsibilities

  • The Mayor enforces all laws of the City. He/she signs all commissions, licenses, and permits granted by legislative authority, as well as other instruments that require his/her signature under the law.

  • The Mayor serves as the top conservator of peace in the City. The Mayor maintains safe streets by appointing and supervising the city's Director of Public Safety, who works closely with the Police and Fire chiefs to control crime and establish programs that preserve the health and welfare of Canton residents.

  • The Mayor manages the operations of the City. By supervising the conduct of all officers and department supervisors in the City authorized by law, the Mayor manages the day-to-day operations and long-term planning strategies of City government.

  • The Mayor recommends legislative actions to City Council and provides them with requested information. Through the course of managing the operations of City government, the Mayor is well suited to make recommendations to City Council members as to the best course of action when considering legislation. The Mayor is also responsible for providing Council members with any information they request in order to help them make good decisions for the residents of Canton.

  • The Mayor delivers a "State of the City" address once each year. To inform city residents, businesses, and elected officials of both the city's progress and its future outlook, the Mayor delivers an annual report most commonly in the form of a speech.

SLFRF Fiscal Recovery Plan Performance Report

SLFRF Recovery Plan - Performance Report - Canton OH 2021 (PDF)

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