Donald Cooper, PhD, MBA, CSP, CFO

Title: Director of Administration
Phone: 330-633-0857
Administration Page


After over 30 years of executive leadership at both the municipal and state levels, Dr. Cooper retired in 2012 as the Ohio State Fire Marshal. From 2012 to 2014, he served as the Executive Director of Medical Education and Research with Akron General Health Systems, and has served as the Executive Director of the Event Safety Alliance (ESA), as a labor-management consultant with National Rescue Consultants specializing in Interest Based Bargaining (IBB), and as the Chair of the City of Cuyahoga Falls Health Care Committee. Dr. Cooper graduated from Tallmadge High School, attended the University of Akron and Kent State University, earned an MBA and PhD in Business Administration from the University of California, and in 2014 completed a postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Medicine Research at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

In 2002, Dr. Cooper was awarded the National Association for Search and Rescue’s (NASAR) most prestigious recognition—the Hal Foss Award—for both national and international contributions to the field of search and rescue; and, in 2012, he was awarded Ohio’s highest fire service honor—the Ohio Fire Service Distinguished Service Award—for contributions to and leadership of the U.S. fire service including significant contributions on a regional, statewide and national basis.


As the Director of Administration, his major responsibilities are in the area of budgeting, labor relations, human resources management, inter-jurisdictional liaising, and public policy. In cooperation with the Mayor, he prepares the annual budget and the subsequent appropriation that is adopted annually by city council. Other responsibilities include the negotiation of labor contracts and overseeing projects as assigned by the Mayor. 

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