Powell City Council names new mayor, vice mayor

One new member, three incumbents sworn in during first meeting of the year

(POWELL, Ohio)—Jan. 4, 2022–Members of Powell City Council selected Daniel Swartwout to serve as the City’s new mayor and Tom Counts as the vice mayor, both serving two-year terms.

Mayor Swartwout has served on City Council since 2016. During his time on City Council, he has served as Vice Mayor (2020-2021) and Chairman of the Operations Committee. A lifelong Central Ohio resident, Dan has lived in Golf Village since 2004. He 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. Dan is married to Tasha, and they have one daughter.

“It is an honor to serve as mayor of the Powell community,” said Mayor Swartwout. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on City Council, our staff as well as the members of the community as we continue to make Powell a great place to call home.”

Vice Mayor Counts has served on City Council since 2006, fulfilling the role of Mayor during the 2008-2009 term. In addition, he has served as the chairman of the Finance Committee. Before 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.

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.

One new member and three incumbents of City Council took their oath of office during the first meeting of the year. Christina Drummond and three incumbents –Frank Bertone, Tom Counts and Brian Lorenz– were elected to City Council during the fall 2021 election.