Mike McCann, Mayor


It is my honor to send a warm welcome to you where you will find Defiance the perfect place to put down permanent roots or just to visit. Being born and raised here, it is my hope that you will visit and see for yourself the hometown atmosphere that flourishes not only in the city limits, but in the surrounding small towns and rural areas as well.

There are many options for life-long learning, including public and private educational systems and churches of many denominations. Located in the city is the newly completed Defiance City Schools and Athletic Facilities campus, and we have several parochial elementary schools as well. We are also the home of Defiance College – Go Yellow Jackets!

With a strong economy, many career and business opportunities abound. Several small businesses line the thriving beautiful downtown district and neighborhood business corridors. Our North side houses regional shopping and larger retailers to complete your shopping needs. New development is always welcome as we consistently strive for progress in the city.

Nestled at the confluence of the Scenic Maumee River and Auglaize River, a lesson rich in history of the past several hundred years with stories of American Indians, American & British military, and the site of a fort that offered protection and defied “all the devils in hell” await. The Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum is the perfect place to begin your historical journey. Some of America’s top military leaders have grown from their roots in Defiance. General “Mad” Anthony Wayne may have indeed served as the inspiration for highly decorated combat veteran, Major General Lawrence Livingston (now deceased) and also to Major General Stephen T. Sargeant, both retired from military service today. We salute all of our Hometown Hero’s and all the men and women service members and veterans who have paid the price for the freedoms we all love and enjoy, and we thank them for their service and sacrifices. Defiance is also proud to be the home town of 2006 Indianapolis 500 Champion Sam Hornish, Jr., and former major league pitchers Jonathon Niese, Chad Billingsley, Chad Reineke, Justin Hancock, and Rodney Scott Taylor. Twenty-five time World Horseshoe Champion Alan Francis also hails from our community.  Defiance Development & Visitor’s Bureau and Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce can provide more information about the city of Defiance.

Browse our website to find accurate information regarding the City of Defiance.  Please reach out to City Hall at 419-784-2101, mayor@cityofdefiance.com, or stop in at 631 Perry Street, Defiance, Ohio, if you have questions, need pointed in the right direction, or would like a personal tour of OUR city.

Again, welcome to OUR city  ~  DEFIANCE is a GREAT place to live, work, and play!