Pickerington, Ohio

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Pickerington is a city in Fairfield and Franklin counties in the central region of the U.S. state of Ohio. It was founded in 1815. It is a suburb of Columbus. The population was 9,792 at the 2000 census. As land annexation, development, and in-migration in and around Columbus continues, the city of Pickerington (like many area suburbs) has generally followed suit: its population was estimated at 17,531 as of July, 2008.[3]

The Ohio Secretary of State certified Pickerington as a city in 1991. At 11.1 square miles (29 km2), Pickerington is the second largest city in Fairfield County. The City of Pickerington is located just east of Columbus, Ohio. The city features a historic downtown shopping area, while Violet Township is home to rolling hills, long horses, forests, and fields.


Law and government

Pickerington uses the weak-mayor version of the mayor-council government, which constitutes an elected executive mayor position, an elected city council, and an appointed city manager position.


The current mayor, Mitch O'Brien, was elected in November 2007. He ran against current city council member Heidi Riggs and won the popular vote, earning 56% of the total vote.

City council

The Pickerington city council is a seven-member body that is elected by rolling. There are four standing committees in the council: the finance committee, the rules committee, the safety committee, and the service committee.

Current council members with elected or re-elected year and position:

  • Tony Barletta (2009)
  • Gavin Blair (2009)
  • Jeff Fix (2005), Rules Committee Chair
  • Cristie Hammond (2005), Finance Committee Chair
  • Tricia Sanders (2007), President of Council
  • Brian Sauer (2007), Vice President of Council
  • Brian Wisniewski (2007), Service Committee chair


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