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Mayor Earl M. Leiken took office on January 1, 2008 and was elected to a third four-year term effective January 1, 2016.

Prior to becoming mayor, he was a City Council member for eight years.

He was a member of the Shaker Heights Board of Education and served as its President. A Partner at the law firm of Baker & Hostetler until his retirement the day before he took office in 2008, he is also a past President of Shaker Family Center and served on the Youth Center Board.

He has been a member of the Jewish Community Center Board and served as its President. Mayor Leiken is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

His other activities include:

  • Chair of the First Suburbs Consortium, a group of 19 inner ring suburbs;
  • Executive Committee of the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association;
  • Legislative Committee of the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association;
  • Board member of the Build Up Greater Cleveland (BUGG), a greater Cleveland partnership organization; 
  • Past member of the Council of Governments of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District;
  • Past board member of the Senior Transportation Connection;
  • Past board member of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency.

Mayor Leiken and his wife, Ellen, have lived in Shaker Heights since 1973. Their two sons, Jonathan, a current Shaker resident, and Brian are graduates of the Shaker Schools. They have three grandchildren in the Shaker Schools.

Thursday, November 23, 2017


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