Mayor's Office

 Mayor Smith was born and raised in Lancaster, son to Mary P. Smith and Irvine G. Smith and brother to Frank R. Smith.  He is a 1966 graduate of Lancaster High School and a 1970 graduate of the University of Colorado with a BS degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing.  


Having worked at the family owned Frank E. Smith Funeral Home throughout high school and college summers, he also worked at the Lancaster-Eagle Gazette for several years before starting a 19-year career with Anchor Hocking from 1975 to 1994.  All of his positions with Anchor were in either sales or marketing, including seven years in St. Paul, MN with Anchor's Plastics, Inc. subsidiary from 1985 to 1992.  He also worked for Lancaster Glass from 1994 to 1998 before returning to the Smith Funeral Home in 1998. 


David's civic interests include being a member of the Lancaster City School Board from 1995 to 2001, serving as president for two years and vice-president for three years.  He has been involved in the Lancaster-Fairfield County 4th of July Committee since 1993, serving several positions including President.   He also served the 4th Ward on Lancaster City Council from 2002 to 2003.  He was elected Mayor of Lancaster in November of 2003 and served 3 terms until December 31, 2015.  He is currently serving as Interim Mayor until November, 2017.


David and his wife Debbi are members of the First United Methodist Church in Lancaster.  They have two grown children:  Matthew and his wife Kay have a daughter and a son; and Katie, who is married to Michael Schenk and they have two sons.



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  1. David S. Smith

    Jennifer McMahon
    Executive Assistant

    104 E. Main St.
    Room 101
    Lancaster, Ohio 43130

    Phone: 740-687-6600
    Fax: 740-687-6698


    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  1. Mayor Responsibilities
  2. Past Mayor



  • The mayor shall perform all the duties prescribed by the bylaws and ordinances of the municipal corporation.  He/she shall see that all ordinances, bylaws, and resolutions of the legislative authority are faithfully obeyed and enforced.  He/she shall sign all commissions, licenses, and permits granted by such legislative authority or authorized by Title VII of the Revised Code, and such other instruments as by laws or ordinances require his/her certificate.
  • The Mayor maintains safe streets by appointing and supervising the city's Service-Safety Director, who works closely with the Police and Fire Chiefs along with City Department Superintendents.
  • The Mayor works along with City Council members providing information they request in order to help make good decisions for the residents of Lancaster.
  • They Mayor delivers a "State of the City" address once a year to inform residents, businesses and elected officials of the city's progress and its future outlook.
  • The Mayor is an elected official that serves a 4 year term beginning on the first day of January after his/her election.