D. Michael Collins
Mayor of Toledo
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D. Michael Collins was sworn into the office of Mayor on January 2, 2014 -- prior to that he served as Councilman for District 2, a seat he was first elected to in 2007. He views being a public official as a privilege that provides him the opportunity to give back to the community for the many blessings he received throughout his professional career.
Mike grew up in the old South End and is a life-long Toledoan. He graduated from St. James Grade School and Libbey High School. Mike enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school; he achieved the rank of Corporal and received an Honorable Discharge.
In 1973 he was appointed to the Toledo Police Department and served for 27 years, including his last 10 years as the elected president of the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association. Throughout his career, he received numerous letters of recognition for excellence in police service, and in 1997 was awarded the Professional Service Award by the Toledo Police Department.
While working full time and raising a family, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in 1975 and a Master's Degree in Business Administration in 1998, both from The University of Toledo. He was recognized for high scholastic achievement in both degrees.
After retiring from the Toledo Police Department, Mike began teaching as a visiting professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at The University of Toledo. Between teaching assignments he served the University as the Director of the Ohio Police Corps, an Ohio police academy funded by the United States Department of Justice, as well as teaching at Lourdes College.
Mike is married to Sandy Drabik, and he has three daughters and eight grandchildren. He is politically an Independent and has never been a member of a political party.