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brooks compton

Honorable Brooks Compton, Mayor

Mayor's Office Phone: (937) 433-7151
Office Phone: (937) 298-1054
Office Fax: (937) 293-1766
Address: 350 Roselake Drive
Centerville, OH 45458

Term Expires: 12/31/2023

Centerville resident since 1979

Mayor:  2016 - present
Council member: 1984-1997, 2004-2015

Current and Past Mayor and Council representation includes:
Board of Architectural Review
Dayton Area Mayors and Managers Association 
Create the Vision Steering Committee
Zoning Task Force
Mayor’s Committee on Intergovernmental Relations
Washington Township Fire Strategic Plan    
Occupation:  Attorney, Murr, Compton, Claypoole and Macbeth, Partner; Miami Valley Audio and Video   

Family: Wife, Ruth Ann Compton; sons, Chris (Jamie) and Brett. Grandchildren, Callie, Cate and Kit

Education:  BS Economics and JD, Ohio Northern University

Additional activities:  Dayton Bar Association Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, Ohio and Dayton Bar Association and Member of Centerville Washington Foundation.
Favorite thing about Centerville:  When Ruth and I moved here in 1979, Centerville was a community on the rise. Throughout our history, Centerville has created a unique and successful partnership with the schools, parks, libraries, townships and our citizens that continues to make Centerville a city that is proud and respectful of its past, while always looking toward and planning for the future. I am honored and proud to serve as Centerville’s Mayor.




joanne rau

JoAnne C. Rau, Deputy Mayor

Home Phone: (937) 436-2837
Address: 1370 Seminary View Drive
Centerville, OH 45458

Term Expires 12/31/2021

Centerville resident since 1986

Council Member since 2014
Deputy Mayor since 2020

Council activities: Represents City Council on the following committees and commissions:
Miami Valley Communications Council
Community Improvement Corporation
City Beautiful
Planning Commission
Economic Development Committee
Business Task Force Advisory Committee
Environmental Committee
Bicycle Committee

Occupation:  Environmental Engineer

Family: Husband, Steve, married 36 years; daughter, Lynn, 2001 CHS graduate, married with two young children and is an Interior Designer for architect firm in Oregon. Daughter, Katie, 2001 CHS graduate, lives in Washington State and works with injured workers needing rehabilitation (Workers Compensation).  Son, Matt, 2005 CHS graduate, is a professor at Penn State.

Education:  The Ohio State University, Mechanical Engineering
  The University of Cincinnati, Environmental Science

City activities prior to Council:  Planning Commission and Board of Architectural Review

Personal activities:  Casual gardener, enjoy travel, hiking, riding our tandem bicycle, bird watching, volunteering and home projects. Favorite activity: Spoiling grandchildren!

Favorite thing about Centerville: Centerville is THE place to raise a family.  We have a great community with great schools and wonderful parks, libraries and walking neighborhoods. Green space is available for walkers, sports, and wildlife.  City employees are committed to serving the needs of our residents, businesses and visitors and ensure that the city keeps its small town feel yet welcomes diversity. 


mark engart

Mark A. Engert

Home Phone: (937) 435-4497
Address: 182 Pleasant Hill Drive
Centerville, Ohio 45459

Term Expires: 12/31/2023

Centerville resident since 1999

Council member since 2015

Council activities: Represents City Council on the following committees: 
Bicycle Committee
Economic Development
Neighborhood Relations
Public Health and Safety
Council liaison to Centerville-Washington History

Occupation: Logistics with Stryker Orthopedics

Family: Denise K. Engert, wife of 28 years.  Daughters, Christina K. Engert, and Carolyn A. Engert  

Education: Graduate of University of Dayton  

Additional activities: Golf, jogging, any type of Motor Sports including NHRA, Indy & Daytona 500. 

Favorite thing about Centerville: The Pleasant Hill Neighborhood. I love it all, I really do.



Louis (Duke) Lunsford

Home Phone: (937) 435-7370
City Fax: (937) 433-8221
Address: 234 Tuxworth Road
Centerville, OH 45458

Term Expires 12/31/2023

Centerville resident since 1978

City Council member since 2020

Occupation: Regional Sales Manager for a packaging company in Charlotte, N.C. and author and motivational speaker

Family: Wife Terry Lunsford, daughters Dawn and Meghan, granddaughter Ava

Education: Bachelor of Communications (R-TV) Ohio University

Additional Activities: Golf, gardening, tennis. (Former Executive Director of the Americana Festival.)

Favorite thing about Centerville: Living in a community that is so warm and cheerful and welcoming to others.


john palcher

John E. Palcher

Home Phone: (937) 885-7158
City Fax: (937) 433-8221
Address: 1245 Club View Drive
Centerville, OH 45458

Term Expires 12/31/2021

Centerville resident since 2003

City Council member since 2014

Council activities:
Finance and Long Range Planning Committee (Chair)
Street & Highways Committee
Liaison to Board of Architectural Review Arts Commission
MVRRC Transportation Committee Alternate
Occupation: Retired

Family:  Wife, Aurelia Palcher; daughter, Jennifer; son, Joseph; granddaughter, Harper 

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Minor in Accounting

Additional activities: Golf, Centerville/Kettering Kiwanis Club, classes at the University of Dayton Lifelong Learning Institute

Favorite thing about Centerville:  Living in a vibrant city and working with other Council Members and staff solving problems and planning for the future.


belinda kenley

Belinda H. Kenley

City Fax: (937) 433-8221 
Cell Phone: (937) 974-1549 
Address: 6355 Luntshire Court
Centerville, OH 45459

Term Expires 12/31/2023

Centerville resident since 2006.  I have lived in the Centerville and Washington Township community since 1986.

City Council member since 2008

Council activities: 
Mayor's Business Task Force (Chair)
Environmental Committee
Intergovernmental Relations Committee
Neighborhood Relations Committee
Streets & Highways Committee
Dayton Development Coalition - Delegate
Past Council representation includes: Council Liaison to the Arts Commission

Occupation: Vice President of Energy Optimizers, USA-Business Development & Marketing

Family: Robert-husband; Emily Riddle - Daughter

Education:  Graduate, Sinclair Community College; Aileron - Course for Senior Executives; National League of Cities -NLC University-Bronze Certificate

Additional activities: Board Member, Ohio Municipal League; Board Member, Clothes That Work; Board Member, Ohio Public Facilities Maintenance Association

Favorite thing about Centerville: The unique shops and restaurants that make our city so inviting. I shop local!


willis serr

Willis (Bill) O. Serr

Home Phone: (937) 434-4162
Address: 6536 Atterbury Court
Centerville, OH 45459

Term Expires 12/31/2021

Centerville resident since 1993

Council member since 2016

Council activities:
Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission
Chair, First Tier Suburbs Consortium of Dayton, Ohio
Board of Directors, Centerville Community Improvement Corporation
Council Liaison to Washington-Centerville Public Library
City Representative to South Suburban Coalition

Member of following City Council committees:
Economic Development/Business Advisory
Financial and Long-Range Planning
Intergovernmental Relations

Occupation: President Emeritus, Graceworks Lutheran Services; Attorney

Family: Wife Susan; Children David (Whitney) of Findlay, Ohio; John of Centerville and Julie (Josh) Benoit of Cincinnati; one grandchild. My wife and children are all graduates of Centerville High School.

Education: Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor, The Ohio State University

Additional activities:  Member, Rotary Club of Dayton; member and past president of congregation, Epiphany Lutheran Church

Favorite thing about Centerville: Centerville has been a perfect place to raise a family with great schools, churches, parks, recreation, and safe neighborhoods secured by an excellent police department. Now that my family is raised, Centerville also has all of the necessary resources to support graceful and healthy aging.