D. Michael Collins

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Dennis Michael Collins
Mayor of Toledo
In office
January 2, 2014 – February 6, 2015
Preceded byMichael P. Bell
Succeeded byPaula Hicks-Hudson (acting)
Member of the Toledo City Council
from 2nd district
In office
Personal details
Born(1944-06-30)June 30, 1944
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
DiedFebruary 6, 2015(2015-02-06) (aged 70)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Sandy Drabik
Children3 daughters 1 Son
EducationSt. James Grade School
Libbey High School (1962)
Alma materThe University of Toledo
(B.S., 1975; M.B.A., 1998)

Dennis[1] Michael Collins (June 30, 1944[2][3] – February 6, 2015) was an American politician who served as the mayor of Toledo, Ohio, from 2014 until his death in 2015. An Independent, he was a member of the Toledo City Council from District 2 (2008-2014). In the 2013 mayoral election, Collins defeated incumbent Independent mayor Michael P. Bell, winning 55.37% of the total vote.[4][5]

Education and personal life[edit]

A graduate of Libbey High School (1962),[6] he held a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management and Natural Sciences (1975) and a Masters of Business Administration degree (1998) from the University of Toledo.[6]

He was married to Sandy Drabik and had three daughters.

Coronary episode and death[edit]

On the afternoon of February 1, 2015, television news bulletins reported that Collins had been hospitalized with what was described as a "coronary episode".[7] That night the mayor's spokesman announced that Collins was in critical condition after suffering a coronary arrest before being resuscitated.[8] Because he was unable to perform his mayoral duties, Toledo City Council president Paula Hicks-Hudson was sworn in on February 1, 2015 as acting mayor.[9] She is Toledo's first African American woman to lead the city.[9] Collins died on February 6, 2015 at the age of 70.[10][11]


  1. ^ http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2013/09/22/Collins-shares-lineage-with-Irish-revolutionary.html
  2. ^ D. Michael Collins: 1944-2015: Toledo mayor 'a true old fashion Irish leader'
  3. ^ Obituary for Mayor D. Michael Collins
  4. ^ "Election Summary Report - General Election - Lucas County, Ohio" (PDF). Board of Elections. Lucas County, Ohio. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  5. ^ Troy, Tom (November 6, 2013). "Toledo Mayoral Race - Collins Bounces Bell". The Blade. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b Jacobs, Al (March 2014). "Mayor Collins On the Beat". Toledo City Paper (1). Godengo. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  7. ^ Blackwell, Brandon (February 1, 2015). "Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins Crashes Car After 'Coronary Episode'". Cleveland.com. Plain Dealer Publishing Co. and Northeast Ohio Media Group. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins Remains Heavily Sedated and in Critical Condition". The Blade. The Toledo Blade Company. February 1, 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  9. ^ a b Larson, Diane (1 February 2015). "Paula Hicks-Hudson sworn in as acting mayor". WTVG. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  10. ^ Bade, Nick (6 February 2015). "Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins has passed away at the age of 70". Toledo News Now. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  11. ^ Troy, Tom (6 February 2015). "Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins taken off life support, dies at 70". The Blade. Retrieved 6 February 2015.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael P. Bell
Mayor of Toledo
Succeeded by
Paula Hicks-Hudson