City Council



(Top row (l-r): Jim Hrivnak, Frank Bertone, Daniel Swartwout and Brendan Newcomb; Bottom row (l-r): Vice Mayor Jon Bennehoof, Mayor Brian Lorenz and Tom Counts)

The City Council serves as the policy-making body in the City, with its members elected to represent the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive to citizens’ needs. Council takes the leadership role to interpret the wishes of the community and provides for the general welfare of the community through programs, services and activities.

The City Council is composed of the Mayor and six council members elected at large. The Mayor is the presiding officer of the City Council and is recognized as the head of the city government for all ceremonial purposes. The vice mayor of Council presides over Council meetings in the absence of the Mayor. The City Council has the power to appoint the city manager, adopt the budget, authorize the issuance of bonds and appoint members of all boards and commissions.

The Mayor and each Council member will hold office for a period of four years until his or her successor is qualified and elected. No person shall be deemed elected to an office unless that person receives a majority of all the votes cast for such office.


The Mayor and each Council member must be a citizen of the United States, qualified voter of the State of Ohio and have resided for at least one year within the corporate limits of the City of Powell.

2016 City Council

BrianLorenzMayor Brian Lorenz

Mayor Lorenz has served on Powell City Council since 2010 and has been the Chair of Council’s Development and Operations Committees. He has also served as a member of Powell’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Mayor Lorenz is the Director of Planning and Permitting for WD Partners in Dublin. He is also a fitness advocate and owner of a crossfit gym in Powell. He and his wife, Sue, have four children and live in Golf Village.

Term Expires 12/31/17

Contact: Mayor Brian Lorenz







JonBennehoofVice Mayor Jon Bennehoof

Vice Mayor Bennehoof has served on Powell City Council since 2012.  He founded and is the current co-chair for ONE Community, an intergovernmental committee improving the working relationship between Liberty Township and the City of Powell. Vice Mayor Bennehoof is also a member of the City’s Development Committee.  A business transformation executive, Vice Mayor Bennehoof has worked with companies such as IBM and Cardinal Health.  He also served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the State of Ohio.  Jon has been a resident of Powell since 2003 and lives in Golf Village, with his wife of 31 years and has two daughters and three granddaughters.

Term Expires 12/31/19

Contact: Vice Mayor Jon Bennehoof





FrankBertoneCouncilman Frank Bertone

Frank has served on City Council since 2014.  He currently serves as Chair of the City’s Operations Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. Frank is married to Julie and has three daughters, Ava, Francesca and Giana. Frank and his family live in the Lakes of Powell subdivision and have been Powell residents since 2003. In addition, Frank is employed at Nationwide, as member of the group retirement plan sales team.

Term Expires 12/31/17

Contact: Councilman Frank Bertone







TomCountsCouncilman Tom Counts

Tom has served on City Council since 2006, and served as Mayor in 2008-2009. In addition, he serves on the Finance and Operations committees. Prior to serving on City Council, Tom served on the Board of Zoning Appeals for five years and then on the Planning and Zoning Commission for five years. Tom is married to Carolyn Eselgroth and has two daughters, Abby and Rachel. Tom and his family have been Powell residents since 1995. Tom is a lawyer and is employed as real estate counsel to the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio.

Term Expires 12/31/17

Contact: Councilman Tom Counts





CGIrk3vprTK2c6DEMtADjfNyK3lD72omen4Ktj8DuzICouncilman Jim Hrivnak

Jim has served on City Council since 2008, and was Powell’s Mayor in 2014 and 2015. He is currently chair of Council’s Development Committee and is the President of the Community Improvement Corporation.  Prior to being elected to council, Jim served on the Powell Planning and Zoning Commission as well as the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals.  He is the Senior Engineer at ContiTech in Marysville, manufacturers of the strongest conveyor belts in the world. Jim and his wife Pam have lived in the Grandshire subdivision since 1999.  They have two daughters Erin and Melissa.

Term Expires 12/31/17

Contact: Jim Hrivnak





BrendanNewcombCouncilman Brendan Newcomb

Brendan is an attorney with more than 25 years of experience, primarily with legal services, representing low-income families and individuals in civil matters. He is now a community volunteer, working with Catholic Social Services in their Friendly Visiting Program seeking to expand the network of individuals visiting isolated seniors in central Ohio. Brendan and his family have lived in Powell since 2011, where his son attends Olentangy Local Schools.

Term expires 12/31/19

Contact: Brendan Newcomb





DanielSwartwoutCouncilman Daniel Swartwout

A lifelong Central Ohio resident, Daniel Swartwout has lived in Golf Village since 2004.  Dan earned two degrees from The Ohio State University.  In 1996, Dan received his Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude.  Then, in 2000, Dan earned his Juris Doctor Summa Cum Laude from the Moritz College of Law. In 2013, Dan opened The Law Office of Daniel Swartwout, LLC.  He also performs as a standup comedian and master of ceremonies for numerous events. Dan is married to Tasha, and they have one daughter.

Term expires 12/31/19

Contact: Daniel Swartwout





City meetings are open to the public.

City Council  First and third Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Council Committees
Development Committee  First Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Finance Committee  Second Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Operations Committee  Third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
ONE Community  Third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission  Second and fourth (if needed) Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Historic District Advisory Commission  First (if needed) and third Thursdays, 6 p.m.


All meetings are held at the Village Green, located at 47 Hall Street.