The City of Defiance OhioCounty SeatThree RiversA Revitalized DowntownOur Vision and Our MissionOUR CityAt the Confluence of the RiversThe Fort GroundsRiverside CemeteryPontiac Park

The City of Defiance Ohio

Welcome to OUR City - A great place to live!

You will find easy access to valuable government information, activities, and services provided by the City of Defiance.

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County Seat

The City of Defiance has an estimated population of 17,000 and serves as the County seat for Defiance County.

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Three Rivers

The confluence of the historic Maumee and Auglaize rivers in our downtown and the nearby Tiffin river provide scenic views and recreation throughout the year.

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A Revitalized Downtown

The City occupies just over 12 square miles, with the main 'downtown' area nestled between the Auglaize and Maumee rivers. In recent years the downtown business district has received many improvements while maintaining its original small town charm.

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Our Vision and Our Mission

Vision: Defiance is a vibrant and progressive community — the confluence of rich history, small town experiences, and innovative opportunities.

Mission: Our mission is to unite the community through learning, service, and culture.

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OUR City

Stop by to visit our downtown businesses.

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At the Confluence of the Rivers

A city nestled between the Auglaize and Maumee rivers.

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The Fort Grounds

A picturesque view of the Fort Grounds

near the Defiance Public Library.

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Riverside Cemetery

The Veterans' Section at Riverside Cemetery.

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Pontiac Park

Enjoy the sunset near the gazebo.

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Help fund the Splash Park

The Splash Park would be inclusive of all children, including those with disabilities, to create a boundless play space.


mccanMike McCann, Mayor: City of Defiance

Mike McCann was elected to his first term as Mayor of the City of Defiance in November 2015 having served as City Council President since 2014. His desire to serve as Mayor stems from wanting the city where he was born and raised to be a better place to live for all of its citizens. Mayor McCann is a 1975 graduate of Defiance High School and attended the University of Toledo before rising through the ranks at ServiceMaster by McCann to become President/CEO in 2005. Mayor McCann has a long history of service to the Defiance community having served for many years on the County and City parks board, City’s Planning Commission as well as the City’s Charter Review committee. Mayor McCann has been married to his wife Laurie (Kaemming) for 30 years. They have 5 grown children and 10 grandchildren.

With new ideas and a new approach, McCann’s goal is to strengthen every aspect of the community. He intends to focus on business retention as well as implement creative marketing of our community. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the mayor’s office at 419-784-2101.