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Pete Gerken Biography

Commissioner Pete Gerken

Pete Gerken
Lucas County Commissioner                                             

In 2009, Pete Gerken began his second four-year term as Lucas County Commissioner, after being overwhelmingly elected to the office. 

Pete Gerken began his career in public service in 1996, when he was appointed to an At-Large seat on Toledo City Council. As an eight-year member of council, then Councilman Gerken chaired the Environment, Utilities and Public Service Committee and was strongly involved in both “Toledo Backs Jeep” campaigns.

Currently, Commissioner Gerken has previously served on the leadership on the Lucas County Improvement Corporation and has taken the lead on economic development efforts throughout the region. In addition, Commissioner Gerken's involvement was instrumental in the development of a multi-purpose Arena in downtown Toledo. He fought for the creation Commissioner’s Citizens Tax Levy Review Committee, which has provided a transparent review of tax levies for the past four years. He also serves on the Governor’s Workforce Policy Advisory Board.

Pete Gerken was born in Toledo and grew up in the historic Old West End neighborhood. He attended Central Catholic High School, graduating in 1969. In 1991, he received a BS in Organizational Behavior from the University of Toledo. For 30 years, he worked for Jeep / DaimlerChrysler as a member of the United Auto Workers (UAW). In December, 2004, he retired as Co-Administrator of the UAW DaimlerChrysler Ohio Training Center.

He lives in South Toledo with his wife, Polly. Together, they have four children, Christopher, Joshua, Laura and Cindy, one grandchild, Amelia.