Welcome to the website of the Village of Silver Lake.
Hopefully you will find this site to be helpful,
informative and useful. It will be used by Village
officials to provide essential and timely information on
things happening in the Village. The site will be
continually upgraded and improved, and will be linked to
other sites which Village residents may find of interest.
Of course, your suggestions and comments are welcome as to
what should be on our website. Happy surfing!
I was first sworn in as Mayor of the Village of Silver
Lake on Monday, March 27, 2006, then elected as mayor in
November, 2008. Prior to serving as Mayor, I was elected
to Village Council as an at-large member in 1999, and then
re-elected in 2003. In January 2006, I was elected
President of Council.
As Mayor, I promise to both represent you, the residents
of the Village, and to be an advocate for you. My goal is
to maintain our status as a peaceful, quiet place in which
to live and raise our families, to maintain adequate and
appropriate services, and to exercise both responsibility
and restraint when suggesting projects or programs
requiring the expenditure of Village funds.
Following is a short biographical background of me, Bernie
I graduated from the University of Michigan in 1969 with
an A.B. in Economics, and from Cleveland State University
in 1976 with a M.Ed. Administration. Additionally, I have
taken 120+ semester hours in various disciplines at Ohio
University, Kent State University and Ashland University.
I retired as a teacher of mathematics at Theodore
Roosevelt High School in Kent in 2004. I presently teach
full-time at Archbishop Hoban High School, a most
wonderful academic institution. At Roosevelt, I also
coached both football and ice hockey, having once won a
State championship in hockey. I have also, in the past,
served as a part-time instructor at Kent State
University. A member of Crystal Lake, I served on the
Board of Directors there, serving one term as president.
I have been fortunate to serve on many groups and
committees that have helped hone my leadership skills, and
have also done some motivational speaking.
My wife, Kathleen, and I have been married for over 30
years, and have three children, two boys and a girl. The
boys live in the area, while our daughter lives and works
in New York City. We also have two beautiful twin
granddaughters, upon whom we dote and spoil unashamedly.
I am an avid bike rider, usually riding 20 –25 miles a day
during the summer months. Kathleen and I love the
theater. In addition to taking in shows at E.J. Thomas
and Porthouse Theater, we also enjoy going to shows in
Cleveland, Toronto, New York and even Las Vegas.
Additionally, playing euchre and enjoying dinner at the
lake on summer nights with our friends rate among our
We have lived in Silver Lake since 1985. What a great
place in which to live! How fortunate we were to be able
to raise our children in such a close-knit and caring
community! It is my goal and mission to preserve this
nurturing atmosphere for all the families living in Silver
Lake, as well as for all those who will be moving into our
Village in the future. With your help and support,
together we can attain this goal.