The City of Maple Heights is rich in educational, cultural and religious traditions. It is an ideal community where residents enjoy the friendliness and concern typical of small-town living, yet experience conveniences usually found in larger metropolitan cities.


The city has faced several challenges, however, my administration, elected officials, along with our dedicated safety services and employees, take great pride in maintaining and revitalizing our community as we move Maple Heights ahead.  


We have welcomed many businesses, are completing a City Master Plan, concluding the details of the partnership with the Metroparks to bring a world-class park system to our city and working very hard to improve our financial situation and remove the declaration from the Ohio State Auditor’s Office of “fiscal emergency” and we are less than $1 million away from that success!


I am committed to the citizens of our community and will always strive to provide our residents with effective and responsive services.  Please check our website regularly for updates and announcements!




Annette M. Blackwell

Mayor and Safety Director

5353 Lee Road

Maple Heights, Ohio 44137

Office (216) 587-9011

(216) 587-9011

Spending quality time with Lyndee and the children is what I truly treasure.  Here, my family helps in creating yard signs promoting this past election!  (Click on the picture for a larger photo!)


This is just an example of what home schooling can accomplish with misspelled words and possible dyslexic kids - proving that stupidity and ignorance are not only inherited, but learned at a very  young age!, in closing, god bless Maple Heights......

Mayor Blackwell is a very successful business professional who has worked at KeyBank in Installment Lending and University Hospitals of Cleveland as an Administrative Coordinator to the President & Chief Medical Officer of University Hospitals Physician Services.


She ended her 16 years as a Senior Commercial Property Tax Analyst and Co-Leader of the Black Employee Network at Deloitte and Ryan Global Tax Services where she was also a U.S. India Liaison, when she won the election.


On January 6, 2016, Mayor Blackwell was sworn in as the City of Maple Heights’ 16th Mayor and the first female and first African-American in the City’s 100-year history. She is also the City’s Director of Safety and acts as the chief conservator of the peace of the City.      


Mayor Blackwell serves on the Executive Boards of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and the Cuyahoga County Mayors & City Managers Association, is an active member of the First Suburbs Consortium which is a group of Cleveland inner-ring suburban communities that collaborate to foster regional collaboration and cooperation, and is a member of the Ohio Municipal League and National League of Cities. In January 2018, Mayor Blackwell was appointed to the Board of The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and is a member of the Policy Committee.


During her time in office, she has received numerous awards.  Most notably 2016, the Maple Heights City Schools Pathfinder Award, and the National Action Network of Greater Cleveland Humanitarian and the Warrior of Justice and Leadership Award.


Mayor Blackwell and her husband are local business owners in the City of Maple Heights, owning an event and multipurpose center. Mayor Blackwell is a wife, mother and grandmother. She serves alongside her husband, Alonzo Blackwell, a Deacon, as a Deaconess at her church as well as on the Women of Royalty Outreach Ministries Board of Directors.


She completed her business education at Indiana Wesleyan University and currently attends Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio where she is studying Public Relations. In November 2017, Mayor Blackwell satisfactorily completed the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Civic Leadership Institute.










Mayor Blackwell is invested in the community, as owner-entrepreneur of "First Place Event and Multipurpose Center," which opened for business  in the heart of Maple Heights in 2014.    

First Place Event and Mulitpurpose Center is located at 16536 Broadway Avenue.

Mayor Annette M. Blackwell swearing-in ceremony, January 6, 2016


Mayor Blackwell at the recent 90 Year Anniversary for Mt. Moriah

Message from Mayor Blackwell


We have moved through the holidays of 2017 and are now well into the Year of 2018. This year came in with lots of snow and cold weather and we are already thinking of warmer days in the Spring.


We had the Mayor’s Breakfast Club Meeting on January 11, 2018 and I was excited and pleased to have coffee with more than 15 residents! Police Chief, John Popielarczyk, was my invited speaker.  I want to spend this year getting closer to the city’s residents and working together to address the issues. The issues that we face require the engagement and participation of the residents as well, together we can accomplish much.


It is hard to believe, but I am already in my third year as Mayor. When I look back, I am pleased about how much we have been able to get done. More specifically, bringing back events, Music-in-the Park, Easterfest, Shred Day and more. Probably, the most significant is RECYCLING and remodeling the Senior Center after many, many years! We are still doing more with less, but we focus everyday on getting it done for you.  


I still believe that the City of Maple Heights is a great place to live, it is a big city among the inner-ring suburbs and we are in a great location to almost anywhere with nearby interstates. We recently had a property grade survey done and the results are in which report that the grades of the majority our homes are an “A” or “B” with only a very small percentage being rated a “C” and an even smaller percentage being a “D” or “F”.


Looking forward to a great and prosperous year and I wish you all health and happiness!


Mayor Annette M. Blackwell



(216) 587-9011