Board of Control

The Board of Control is composed of the Mayor, the City Administrator, the Law Director, and the Finance Director, with the Mayor presiding. The Board oversees financial and administrative matters pertaining to the city and works closely with City Council.  Decisions are reached with a majority vote of all members. Records of Board proceedings are maintained and available to the public.

Team Members

Mike McCann, Mayor
Mike McCann, Mayor
Jeff Leonard, City Administrator
Jeff Leonard, City Administrator
Sean C. O'Donnell, Law Director
Sean C. O'Donnell, Law Director
John Lehner, Finance Director
John Lehner, Finance Director

Mike McCann, a native of Defiance, was elected as the Mayor of the City of Defiance in November 2015.  McCann, a 1975 Defiance High School graduate, worked at ServiceMaster by McCann since 1969 when his parents Dick and Marilyn McCann purchased the business.  Following graduation from high school, he attended the University of Toledo before rising through the ranks at ServiceMaster by McCann to become President/CEO in 2005. Mayor McCann and his wife Laurie have five children and twelve grandchildren.

Prior to his election as Mayor, McCann served two years as City Council President.  In the 1980s he served on both the city park board and the planning commission and in the 2000s was a member of the charter review committee. Mayor McCann spends a majority of his time considering ways to provide service to the community as efficiently as possible, abating nuisances and blight, creating an environment to promote economic development; and most recently, he has begun to work on housing opportunities and neighborhood revitalization.

Mayor McCann’s goal is to strengthen every aspect of the Defiance community.

Jeffrey Leonard is a native of Defiance Ohio graduating from Defiance High School in 1975. Jeff earned his a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in 1981.

Jeff joined the City of Defiance in 1992 as the Finance Director, having worked previously for Auditor Thomas Ferguson’s office and the City of Bryan.  In 2004, Jeff was appointed as the City Administrator and continues to serve in that capacity.

Jeff and his wife Jane have two adult children and one grandchild.

Sean O’Donnell was appointed City Law Director by Mayor Mike McCann on January 1, 2018. Sean graduated magna cum laude from Hillsdale College in 2007 and earned his law degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 2010. Prior to his appointment, Sean worked in private practice in Defiance and chaired the City Planning Commission. Sean is a trustee of the local Knights of Columbus council and a Judge Advocate in the Ohio Army National Guard.

Sean and his wife, Joy, reside in Defiance with their two children, Caroline and Lucy.

John Lehner was appointed as the Finance Director for the City of Defiance in 2009.  He has over 24 years’ experience working in Public Finance.  John came to Defiance having served as the Finance Director for Talbot County, Maryland and Clyde, Ohio.  He also had experience as a budget analyst for the State of Rhode Island.

John is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kent State.

The City of Defiance Finance Department has earned recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its audited financial statements each year that John has been the Finance Director.  The Finance Department has also earned the Ohio Auditor of State Award with Distinction for years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. This award recognizes the efforts of the Finance Department as a clean audit, which is only presented to about 3-5% of the 5,900 entities audited by the Ohio Auditor. This puts the City of Defiance in a very select group of cities and schools.

John is originally from the Akron, Ohio area and he and his wife reside in Defiance with their two children.

Contact Information:

City Administration
631 Perry Street
Defiance, Ohio 43512


Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.