According to the Kent City Charter, Mayor Fiala represents the City in ceremonial affairs and presides over the Council meetings. He represents the City in a multitude of events around and on the Kent State Campus. He serves on several boards and commissions throughout Portage County and is a member of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street Kent organization.
Jerry Fiala previously served fourteen years as the Ward 1 representative for the City of Kent. In 1997, he served as Mayor, having been appointed by Council to fill a vacancy created when Kathleen Chandler was elected as a Portage County Commissioner.
Mayor Fiala has lived in Kent for his entire life. He worked for Tree City Mold, as a supervisor, for forty-three years, and retired in 2006. He and his wife, Carol Sue, have two children, Valerie and Tom, and four grandsons.
Mayor Fiala is a member of St. Patrick’s Church, and belongs to the Kent Lions and the Knights of Columbus. He is very active in the Kent community, and volunteers for many events in the downtown area.