The city of Tallmadge was founded in 1806, incorporated as a village in 1936 and incorporated as a city in 1951. In 2013, there were 17,537 residents within its 13.5-square mile boundaries.
Tallmadge is a municipal corporation, operating under a mayor-council form of government. The mayor plus four wards and three at-large Councilmembers are each elected to four-year terms.
The city accomplished a major financial initiative in 2010 receiving a bond rating of Aa2 from Moody’s Investors Service of New York and Chicago, the highest financial rating a city of Tallmadge’s size can receive. Because of its excellent rating, more bond investors are attracted to the city and its lower rates of interest on future debt issuances, resulting in a savings to the city and its citizens.
City services include water and sewer services, a stormwater program, a variety of parks, Tallmadge Cemetery, a planning department to assist residents with business and construction approval and other issues — as well as a public service division which oversees the improvement, repair and construction of streets, stormwater and sanitary sewers; snow and leaf removal, among other duties.
The Council office and Law Department are authorized acceptance agents for passports. The office can provide forms or forms may be obtained from the office or by downloading them from the U.S. Department of State website at travel.state.gov.
Passport applications are accepted by appointment only by calling 330-633-0856.
Tallmadge City Council
Council meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month and the preceding Monday at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.
The clerk and deputy clerk of Council may be reached at 330-633-0856.
The Tallmadge Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency headed by a chief of police, and comprises one lieutenant, five sergeants, three detectives, 14 officers, one police secretary, one evidence/property manager, seven part-time records clerks, one civilian administrative clerk, an auxiliary police force currently numbering four part-time and five part-time volunteer officers, and one police chaplain.
Services include uniformed patrol, traffic law enforcement, criminal investigation, crash investigation and reconstruction, a juvenile diversion program, a bicycle patrol unit, business perimeter security, senior welfare checks, CrimeStoppers, State of Ohio and National WebCheck fingerprint criminal background checks for residents or employees of businesses within the city, hike and bike trail-parks and neighborhood patrols, vacation house checks, automobile lockout assistance, a radar traffic trailer for speed monitoring and extra-duty security for businesses and city events.
Educational programs — such as the “55 Alive!” program for the city’s senior citizens; tours for youth groups; and community fundraisers such as Shop-A-Cop and Fill-A-Cruiser are also offered.
The Tallmadge Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department operates with an authorized staff of one fire chief, one fire marshal, 12 full-time FireMedics, 45 part-time FireMedics and one administrative assistant.
Emergency services include emergency medical treatment and transport, fire suppression and prevention, and participating in the Summit County TROT (Technical Rescue Operations Team).
The TROT provides all specialty rescue services, which include confined space, hazardous materials, high angle rope and water rescue.
Fire and EMS services are housed in two stations.
The safety forces offer a number a special education programs throughout the year to assist residents, including school safety programs and home and business safety inspections.