Office of the Mayor


Paul Adamson is the second Mayor of the City of New Franklin (preceeded by Al Bollas) and began his first term as Mayor on January 1, 2018. He was reelected for a second term, which began January 1, 2022. Prior to serving as Mayor of New Franklin, he served for 16 years as a Franklin Township Trustee and New Franklin Councilman.  

Education and Family

Paul Adamson earned a teaching degree and then a law degree from the University of Akron. After teaching high school, he enjoyed a 30-year career as an attorney. 

Born in Portage Lakes and a resident of the area for over 50 years, he and his wife Carol have 3 sons and 8 grandchildren. He has been a youth coach in the community for 25 years and has served as a trustee and board member for several local associations and organizations.

Programs and Initiatives

Since 2018, Mayor Adamson has enhanced and improved New Franklin by securing millions of dollars in grants and assets including:

  • Securing a $4 million water project for S.R. 93 without financial obligation for citizens
  • Obtaining over $2 million in grants to improve the city's bridges and infrastructure
  • Overseeing multiple million-dollar road paving projects
  • Acquiring the Grill School property to be preserved as a park for the westside community
  • Working with the City of Green to create a joint dispatch center for improved services
  • Acquiring 4 acres of lakefront property for the Tudor House without cost to the city 
  • Securing state capital budget funds for sea wall, dock, and trail improvements at the Tudor House
  • Establishing 10 free community events at the Tudor House for residents, families, and visitors
  • Reopening the Melody Village Fire Station #2 to better serve westside residents
  • Working with Norton and Summit County to repair the Kungle Road Bridge
  • Adding recreation for all ages by opening the city's first pickleball court at Lakeside Park with 4 additional pickleball and 6 tennis courts being built at Sisler Park