Michael Polensek

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Michael D. Polensek
Cleveland City Councilman
In office
1982 – Present
Constituency 8th ward
In office
Constituency 26th Ward
City Council President
In office
Preceded by Jay Westbrook
Succeeded by Frank G. Jackson
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Residence Cleveland, Ohio
Alma mater Cuyahoga Community College
Religion Catholic

Michael D. Polensek (born November 16, 1949) is a City Council member in Cleveland, Ohio, in the newly redistricted Ward 8. He has represented Ward 11 in Cleveland City Council since 1982. He lives in the North Shore Collinwood area of Cleveland with his wife, Kathy, and has five children: Lisa, Deana, Michael, Lauren and Andrew.[1]

Political career[edit]

Polensek was first elected to council in 1977 representing what was Ward 26 until 1982, then representing Ward 11 for ten terms. He served as Cleveland City Council's president from 1999 to 2002. He is also an Executive Board member of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, and the founder of the Collinwood Nottingham Villages and the Northeast Shores Development Corporations in Ward 11.[2] On November 5, 2013, Polensek won the election for the newly reconfigured Ward 8, uncontested. He was endorsed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.[3]

City Council positions[edit]

Polensek is Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Committee and a member of the Health and Human Services, Public Parks, Property and Recreation, Public Service, Public Utilities, and Rules committees.[4]

Education history[edit]

Polensek attended the Nottingham and Hannah Gibbons Elementary Schools and graduated from Collinwood High School in January 1969, where he is a member of the Collinwood High School Hall of Fame.[5] His mother and two sisters also graduated from Collinwood. He played freshman, junior and varsity football at Collinwood and played on the 1967 unbeaten East Senate Championship Football Team in the Thanksgiving Day Charity Game at Cleveland Lakefront Stadium. Polensek attended Tri-C Community College at their Metro campus through the Cleveland Scholarship Program, where he studied Industrial Management.[6]



  • Bennett, David Council Puts Foot Down (8/14/2000) Crain's Cleveland Business Vol. 21 Issue 34, p1. 2p. [1]
  • Cleveland City Councilman's Letter Tells Teen 'Go to Jail or the Cemetery' Fox News, (July 19, 2007) Associated Press [2]
  • Dear Piece Of Trash: Cleveland Pol Sends Drug Suspect Profanity-Filled Letter (July 19, 2007) The Smoking Gun [3]
  • Berry, Jason Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church (2011) Random House
  • Welsh, Thomas G. Closing Chapters: Urban Change, Religious Reform, and the Decline of Youngstown's Catholic Elementary Schools, 1960–2006 (2011) Lexington Books
  • Cleveland Borrows Big Bucks from the Browns to Fix Stadium (Feb 06, 2012) WOIO / WTOC [4]
  • Larkin, Brent New Ward Map Leads to Cleveland City Council Intrigue: Brent Larkin (May 25, 2013) The Plain Dealer [5]
  • Seaton, Jay Cleveland City Councilman Michael Polensek Offers Reward After Mentally Challenged Man Attacked (8/23/2013) ABC News Channel Five [6]
  • Bike Cleveland Cleveland City Council Candidate Questionnaire: Ward 8 – Michael Polensek Responses (Oct. 25th, 2013) Bike Cleveland [7]

External links[edit]

  • Michael D. Polensek Official Biography: Cleveland City Council Website, Ward 11 [8]