The Mayor is the chief conservator of peace according to the Ohio Revised Code. He or she sees that the laws and ordinances of the City are enforced. The Mayor also recommends measures to council for adoption; keeps the council fully advised of the financial condition and future needs of the municipal corporation; prepares and submits to council such reports as are required by that body, and performs such other duties as council determines by ordinance or resolution.
The Mayor is elected to a four-year term. The next Mayoral Election will be held in 2019. The Mayor’s salary is $73,754/year.
Lydia L. Mihalik is the 55th Mayor of Findlay, the #1 Micropolitan in the Nation for the past four years. She assumed office as the first female Mayor of Findlay on January 1, 2012.
Since taking office, Mayor Mihalik has given special attention to issues of flood mitigation, job creation, and improving the way that the City of Findlay delivers service to our residents. She has been a strong proponent of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Workforce Development, which is currently being led by a separate nonprofit called, Raise the Bar.
A strong advocate for the "Findlay Formula," Mayor Mihalik values the collaboration between the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Findlay has experienced unprecedented job growth and capital investment since Mayor Mihalik took the reins in 2012.
Mayor Mihalik is a 2010 graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute and a 2010 graduate of the Government Leadership Academy. She serves on the Hancock County Red Cross Board of Directors. Mayor Mihalik is a member of the Findlay Noon Rotary Club and Zonta, an international service organization focused on advancing the status of women.
In 2012, Mayor Mihalik received the Old Main Award from the University of Findlay Alumni Association, 20 Under 40 Leadership Award, and was named a Leader of Promise by Girl Scouts of America, Western Ohio. She was also named an honorary member of the Korean War Veterans Association #172.
During the Spring Semester of 2013, Mayor Mihalik was the Professional in Residence for the Communication Department at The University of Findlay where she taught "Leadership and Change Through Communication."
Mayor Mihalik is very active and engaged at the state and national level advocating for and advancing the cause of cities as a board member of the Ohio Mayors Alliance, a collaboration of Ohio's 20 largest cities, and a board member of the Northwest Ohio Mayors and Managers Association. She was selected for the Governing Institute's Women in Government Leadership Program, Class of 2017.
In 2017, Mayor Mihalik was named to the Advisory Board of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and appointed Chair of the USCM Standing Committee on Children, Health and Human Services. In June 2018, Mayor Mihalik was appointed Vice Chair of the USCM Women Mayors Leadership Alliance.
Prior to being elected Mayor, Mayor Mihalik was the Grant Administrator for the Hancock Regional Planning Commission (HRPC), a position she held since 2004. She was responsible for generating more than $19 Million in grant revenue for local governments including, but not limited, to the City of Findlay and Hancock County.
Mayor Mihalik’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Findlay in 2002. While at The University of Findlay, she was an all-conference member of the Women's Basketball team.
Mayor Mihalik is not only a true community leader but also a loving wife and mother. She and her husband Drew have three children, Joseph, Elizabeth and Delaney.