City Council meets the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Tuesday of every month
at 7:00 p.m. in the Charles D. Beard Council Chambers, 631 Perry Street.
Fourth Ward Councilman
First Ward Councilman
Third Ward Councilman
Second Ward Councilman
Fourth Ward Councilman, Chris Engel, is currently serving his third term on City Council. He has served as Chair of the Streets and Sidewalk, and Finance Committees, and member of the Building and Lands, and Water and Sewer Committees.
Chris is a member of the Defiance Eagles and Moose clubs. Chris enjoys watching Basketball, Softball, and Baseball. Chris has Umpired ASA Softball for over 44 years.
Chris Graduated from Ayersville High School, had classes of Business Management and Accounting at Northwest State Community College.
Chris has been selling automobiles for 43 years. Chris is employed at Christy Motor Sales in Archbold.
Chris resides in Defiance with his Wife Marcia. Chris has a Daughter Stacie Johnson and a Grandson Brady..
Second Ward Councilman, John R.Hancock, is a graduate of both Tinora High School and Northwest State Community College, completed the Supervision and Team-Based Management Certificate program at Owens Community College, and is currently studying Business Administration at Defiance College.
John was employed at Sauder Woodworking for 17 years where he worked his way up from general labor to supervision. He left Sauder’s to pursue a career as a licensed realtor with Welles Bowen Real Estate. He also has been driving bus for Defiance City Schools for six years.
John is a member of the Defiance Chamber of Commerce, Defiance High School Athletic Boosters, Knights of Columbus Local 1039, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2094, and Ohio Association of Public Service Employees (OAPSE) Local 009. He also is a member of St. Mary Catholic Church where he has participated in numerous activities from Retreat Leader for the parish retreat to the Youth Elect Service (Y.E.S.) program.
John and his wife of twenty-two years, Lisa Crumit-Hancock, have two children, Katie and Will.
John enjoys watching local sports and spending time with his family.
Jill is a 1975 graduate of Defiance Senior High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Bowling Green State University in 1979. Jill taught for 36 years at Continental Local School District in First Grade and Junior High Special Education. While teaching she earned the Martha Holding Jennings Scholarship award and the Starfish Award. She was active with the School Musicals and plays in the pit band, assistant director and director. She was also a member of NEA, OEA and her local association where she held the offices of building rep. , secretary, vice president and president.
Mrs. Krutsch is currently retired but does work part time at the Marshalls department store and volunteers at the ProMedica Thrift store. She is a member of Trinity United Methodist church where she is currently serving as a trustee.
Jill is married to Richard Krutsch and they have three children, Jordan, Adelle and Lauren. They have two grandchildren (Owen and Molly) and one on the way.
Jill and her family enjoy the outdoors, so this past summer they purchased a a camper in hopes of doing some camping in the area and hopefully go out west! Jill enjoys playing the piano, singing, crafting and going antiquing.
She is excited about being on the Defiance City Council.
Peter M. Lundberg was elected as First Ward Councilman in January 2012. A 1968 graduate of Defiance High School he traveled with “Up With People” from 1968 -1969. A member of the United States Army from 1970 to 1973 he attained the rank of SPC 4. While attending Defiance College from 1973 – 1975 he studied Art and Business. Pete has been involved in the Defiance Community for many years having served on the Defiance Area Cultural Commission and Board Member, Past Board Member Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce (three times), Defiance Rotary Board Member, Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau Board Members, Past Member of the Defiance City Charter Commission and Past Member of the Defiance Civil Service Commission. Pete currently services as Council’s Chairman of the Building and Lands Committee and is also a member of the Waterworks – Service Committee, the Public Utilities, Light & Gas Committee and the Police and Fire Committee. Pete is a retired restaurant and catering owners (Charlie’s Down Under and Charlie’s on the Road). Married to his wife, Nancy, he is a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Defiance Rotary.
At-Large Councilman Joe Eureste
Joe Eureste, who was elected in November 2017, is no stranger to serving the city of Defiance as a councilman. He last served on city council from January 2002, through December 2013 as an At-Large Councilman.
Eureste ran for a seat on city council, because he still has a strong belief and support for volunteerism and public service. “I feel it is important, if given a chance, that we all serve our community as a public servant.”
Before being elected to city council in 2002, Eureste was first elected to an open seat, as a non-paid Defiance City School Board member in 1993 and continuing to a second term, through 2001. He was elected school board president in 1996.
Councilman Eureste feels that providing our residents with good city services, for the taxes they pay, should be a council priority. He also feels that all city councilman should provide good leadership and help make good decision on how we serve the public’s interest, fulfill their expectations and maintain their trust.
Eureste is a 1972 graduate of Defiance High school, and attended Defiance, Adrian and Northwest State Community colleges. He has worked for the General Motors Corporation, in Defiance, for the last 45 ½ years and functions as a UAW/GM Benefits Plans Representative.
While previously serving on city council from 2002 to 2013, Eureste served as chairman to the utility committee, sewer committee, economic development committee, served as a member of the tax incentive review council, city traffic commission, in 2006 he attained certification by the Ohio Municipal League for its Municipal Leadership Training Academy and in 2013 was elected temporary president pro-tem.
In our community Eureste has served on the board of trustee for the Defiance Area YMCA, United Way of Defiance County, ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital, Defiance Community Cultural Council and the Women and Family Services. Other organizations he served are: Defiance 2000 mentoring program, Junior Achievement of NW Ohio, past president Defiance Athletic Boosters and was a head coach of Defiance Junior High seventh grade football team.
Eureste and his wife Jennifer, have two sons, Jason May and Barney Eureste.
Steve Waxler was appointed to fill Larry Bryant’s seat (Larry stepped down) as Second Ward Councilman. Steve graduated from Defiance High School in 1978 and is employed as a Safety Director at Hornish Brothers Inc. Steve retired after serving 36 years with Defiance Fire Fighters. Steve is a Chairman of Trustees of St. John’s Lutheran Church and is part of the Northwest Ohio Volunteer Fire Association.
Steve’s goal as councilman is to assist the Public in any way possible to make *Defiance A Great Place to Live* and to assure the public’s opinion matters, which Steve will follow through to the best of his ability.
Steve has been married to his wife Ginna for 36 years; they have 3 adult sons and 3 grandkids.
Lisa Elders was named Council Clerk in May 2007, a Defiance High School graduate where Lisa was a three year varsity basketball and softball player. Lisa is a member of the Ohio Municipal Clerks’ Association, and participated in the Ohio Public Records and Open Meeting Laws training. Lisa has been married to her husband Lowell Jr., a lead technician for Ohio Gas Company, for 28 years. Their family; Ashley (daughter) engaged to Chris Butler and Jacob (son), who passed away July 23, 2017 at the age of 19. Lisa & Lowell are proud grandparents; Brooklyn.
Lisa has been involved in coaching softball and baseball. Lisa enjoys watching movies, putting puzzles together, and just spending time with her family. ROLL TIDE!!!
Lisa Elders, Council Clerk
631 Perry St.
Defiance, Ohio 43512
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.