D. Michael Collins
|Dennis Michael Collins|
|Mayor of Toledo|
January 2, 2014 – February 6, 2015
|Preceded by||Michael P. Bell|
|Succeeded by||Paula Hicks-Hudson (acting)|
|Member of the Toledo City Council|
from 2nd district
June 30, 1944|
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
February 6, 2015 70) (aged|
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
|Children||3 daughters 1 Son|
St. James Grade School|
Libbey High School (1962)
The University of Toledo|
(B.S., 1975; M.B.A., 1998)
Dennis Michael Collins (June 30, 1944 – February 6, 2015) was an American politician who served as the mayor of Toledo, Ohio, from 2014 until his death in 2015. An Independent, he was a member of the Toledo City Council from District 2 (2008-2014). In the 2013 mayoral election, Collins defeated incumbent Independent mayor Michael P. Bell, winning 55.37% of the total vote.
Education and personal life
A graduate of Libbey High School (1962), he held a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management and Natural Sciences (1975) and a Masters of Business Administration degree (1998) from the University of Toledo.
He was married to Sandy Drabik and had three daughters.
Coronary episode and death
On the afternoon of February 1, 2015, television news bulletins reported that Collins had been hospitalized with what was described as a "coronary episode". That night the mayor's spokesman announced that Collins was in critical condition after suffering a coronary arrest before being resuscitated. Because he was unable to perform his mayoral duties, Toledo City Council president Paula Hicks-Hudson was sworn in on February 1, 2015 as acting mayor. She is Toledo's first African American woman to lead the city. Collins died on February 6, 2015 at the age of 70.
- D. Michael Collins: 1944-2015: Toledo mayor 'a true old fashion Irish leader'
- Obituary for Mayor D. Michael Collins
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- Office of the Mayor of Toledo official website
- D. Michael Collins Committee to Elect D. Michael Collins website
- D. Michael Collins on Facebook
- D. Michael Collins on Twitter
Michael P. Bell
|Mayor of Toledo
| Succeeded by|
Paula Hicks-Hudson (acting)