Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell gets personal.
Where are you originally from?
I grew up in the Brunswick area of Medina County, but moved to the town of Medina shortly after working for the police department.
What are three words that you would use to describe yourself?
Christian, family and leader.
What is your favorite part of Medina County?
The Medina Public Square–the historic buildings, gazebo and public square– it’s small town America and an excellent gathering place!
What is your dream vacation?
A cruise in the Caribbean. I’d enjoy the sun, quiet time and would relax and read.
What are some of your hobbies and interests?
I tend to 17 fruit trees and a small garden. I also love to read nonfiction history and leadership books. I especially love books by Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson, who discuss the many struggles that minorities face. Lastly, I love to fish with my father and son and spend time with my family.
Tell me a little bit about your family.
My wife, Chris, and I will be celebrating 40 years of marriage in August; we were high school sweethearts. It takes a special person to be the spouse of a public servant and more so an elected public servant. People think that the spouse absorbs city business knowledge and expertise by osmosis! Our son, Jon, and his girlfriend, Kristy, live in Medina. We also have a daughter, Nicole, and son-in-law, Sean, who blessed us with a beautiful granddaughter. Her name is Madison and she turned 2 years old last December. They reside in Medina as well.
What is your favorite thing about being mayor?
I enjoy and take pride in helping people. That was the reason I was interested in public service and have strived to keep that as the primary focus throughout my career.
What is the biggest challenge of being the mayor?
I tend to overbook myself. I don’t like to tell anyone no if asked to appear, speak or attend an event. However, there are still times when my schedule simply will not permit me to attend. I feel bad as I am everyone’s Mayor and hate to have to tell them no, but simply have not figured out how to be in multiple places at the same time.
What are some of your quirks?
I have a Type One personality. I am detailed to a fault.
What is something you strongly dislike?
Sweets. I have been an insulin-dependent diabetic since the age of five, so I strongly avoid them.
What are some things that make you happy?
My family, helping others in need and my faith.
“Medina has been very good to me personally and to my family. I am loyal to the city and intend to remain here until I am ready to retire.”