Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz Bio
Wade Kapszukiewicz was elected mayor of Toledo in November, 2017 and took the oath of office the evening of January 2, 2018.
Mayor Kapszukiewicz was previously the Lucas County Treasurer since 2004. While treasurer, he worked to use the financial resources of the office to move the community forward. Most notably, he worked to change state law in 2010 to allow for the creation of county land banks, which fight the problems of urban blight by acquiring vacant and abandoned properties.
Wade founded the Lucas County Land Bank and has served as its Chairman since August, 2010. During that time, the Land Bank brought over $33 million into Lucas County to improve neighborhoods. Under Mr. Kapszukiewicz’s leadership, the Land Bank rehabbed and sold over 400 blighted properties, and it is on pace to demolish 3,500 of the worst vacant and abandoned structures in our community by 2020.
In his role as county treasurer, Mr. Kapszukiewicz was a responsible steward of the taxpayers’ money, accurately accounting for and properly handling over $600 million each year. As the county’s chief investment officer, he managed a $220 million investment portfolio, which has earned over $65 million in interest for the county’s general fund since he took office.
Under his leadership, the treasurer’s office purchased bonds to provide the initial financing for the construction of Toledo’s Huntington Arena. He used the county’s investment portfolio to support the Port Authority’s job-creation efforts, and he created a linked deposit program through which 42 local small businesses received nearly $5.2 million in low-interest loans, creating or retaining 396 jobs since 2007.
Mr. Kapszukiewicz co-chairs the Greater Toledo Cash Campaign, which seeks to increase tax refunds for working families through participation in the Earned Income Tax Credit program. In tough economic times, he has also sought to run the Treasurer’s office like a business, reducing the size of his staff by 30 percent and cutting his general fund budget by 15 percent, or $205,275, since he took office.
Prior to becoming Treasurer, Mr. Kapszukiewicz served a term on the Lucas County Board of Education and was a member of Toledo City Council for nearly seven years, being first elected in 1999 and then re-elected in 2001 and 2003. When he began his service on Toledo City Council, at age 26, Mr. Kapszukiewicz had the distinction of being the youngest person to serve on that body in 25 years.
Mr. Kapszukiewicz received recognition in 2006 as a “20 Under 40” community leader, and in 2010 ESOP gave him its “Above and Beyond” award. In 2012 Wade was again honored by ESOP, this time earning its “Rooted in ESOP” award. The Toledo City Paper named him one of its “Big Idea Toledoans” in 2014 for his work creating and leading the Lucas County Land Bank.
Mr. Kapszukiewicz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Marquette University in 1994 and was named the valedictorian of the College of Communication, Journalism and Performing Arts. He received a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan in 1996.
After receiving his master’s degree, Mr. Kapszukiewicz worked for two years as the Policy Analysis and Research Director of the New Ohio Institute, a public policy research organization that studied issues affecting Ohio’s urban areas. In April, 1998 he accepted the position of Manager of Planning and Development at the Lucas County Mental Health Board, where he worked until he began serving on Toledo City Council. While on City Council, Mr. Kapszukiewicz taught a course in American Government at Owens Community College and also worked at COMPASS, a social service agency that works with people with drug and alcohol addictions.
In addition to serving as Treasurer, Mr. Kapszukiewicz was also an adjunct professor at Lourdes University.
Mr. Kapszukiewicz is a parishioner at Gesu Roman Catholic Church in Toledo. He also serves as the athletic director at Gesu School, where his children attend. A resident of Toledo since 1973, Mr. Kapszukiewicz was born in San Diego, California, on October 30, 1972. He and his wife, Sarah, celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary in 2017. They live in the Old Orchard neighborhood of Toledo and have two children, Emma, and Will.