Ward 1 - Dorise Hagwood

Councilwoman Hagwood possesses over thirty-three years of demonstrated leadership and volunteering experience in the City of Warrensville Heights. Before being elected to City Council, she was the second African-American woman in the history of the Ohio State Parent Teacher Association (PTAs) to serve as Board Manager. She is the first African-American woman to serve as Ohio State Parent Teacher Associations Parent & Family Life Commissioner. Council President Hagwood served four two-year terms as Warrensville Heights City School District PTA Council President. She is the recipient of several volunteer awards from the Parent Teacher Association.

Her parents introduced her to excellence in education, civic involvement and public service early in life. She diligently applied her educational training to seventeen years in commercial insurance management and thirteen years of service in the Warrensville Heights City School District.

When the time came to take her community activism to the “next level,” she set her eyes on a seat in City Council. She was first elected in 2000, re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2011. She has served as Council President for more than six years during her tenure.


  • Chair, Finance Committee, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011- Present
  • Chair, Senior Committee
  • Vice Chair, Activities & Recreation Committee
  • Member, Service Committee
  • Member, Utilities Committee
  • Vice Chair, Safety Committee
  • Chair, Special Legislation
  • Member, Transportation Committee
  • Member, Economic Development Committee
  • Member, Safety Committee
  • Member, Personnel & Compensation
  • Chair, Building Committee
  • Member, Senior Committee
  • Chair, Special Legislation Committee
  • Chair, Tax Review Committee

Always committed to improving the quality of life for citizens through public policy, she has been instrumental in putting forth safety initiative as a member of the safety committee. As council president she hosted the first annual “Town Hall Meeting” designed to keep residents informed in all operations of our city government. She is a firm believer in the adage that one person can make a difference.

Councilwoman Hagwood is a member of the Northern Ohio City Council Association (NOCCA) Executive Board, a member of the National League of Cities (NLC), National League of Black Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), Women in Municipal Government (WIMG), Ohio Municipal League (OML), and life member of the National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA). She is an active participant in the National League Leadership Training Summit, and attended The John Glenn Institute of Public Service & Public Policy. She is a graduate of the Maxine Goodman-Levin College of Elected Officials, and the first City Council member in Warrensville Heights’ history to be certified by the Ohio Municipal League’s Municipal Leadership Training Academy.

She strives continuously to exhibit integrity, promise and leadership within her responsibility and the schema of City Council.


  • Husband - Walter Hagwood
  • Daughter - Tabitha
  • Son – LeoNard
  • Grandchildren – Jasmine, Xavier, Mariah & Aurelius

Contact Dorise Hagwood at [email protected]