D. Michael Collins

Dennis Michael Collins
Mayor of Toledo
In office
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
In office
Personal details
Born (1944-06-30)June 30, 1944
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Died February 6, 2015(2015-02-06) (aged 70)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Sandy Drabik
Children 3 daughters 1 Son
Education St. James Grade School
Libbey High School (1962)
Alma mater The University of Toledo
(B.S., 1975; M.B.A., 1998)
Website http://toledo.oh.gov/government/mayors-office/

Dennis[1] Michael Collins (June 30, 1944[2][3] 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.[4][5]

Education and personal life

A graduate of Libbey High School (1962),[6] 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.[6]

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".[7] That night the mayor's spokesman announced that Collins was in critical condition after suffering a coronary arrest before being resuscitated.[8] 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.[9] She is Toledo's first African American woman to lead the city.[9] Collins died on February 6, 2015 at the age of 70.[10][11]


  1. http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2013/09/22/Collins-shares-lineage-with-Irish-revolutionary.html
  2. D. Michael Collins: 1944-2015: Toledo mayor 'a true old fashion Irish leader'
  3. Obituary for Mayor D. Michael Collins
  4. "Election Summary Report - General Election - Lucas County, Ohio" (PDF). Board of Elections. Lucas County, Ohio. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  5. Troy, Tom (November 6, 2013). "Toledo Mayoral Race - Collins Bounces Bell". The Blade. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  6. 1 2 Jacobs, Al (March 2014). "Mayor Collins On the Beat". Toledo City Paper (1). Godengo. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  7. Blackwell, Brandon (February 1, 2015). "Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins Crashes Car After 'Coronary Episode'". Cleveland.com. Plain Dealer Publishing Co. and Northeast Ohio Media Group. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  8. "Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins Remains Heavily Sedated and in Critical Condition". The Blade. The Toledo Blade Company. February 1, 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  9. 1 2 Larson, Diane (1 February 2015). "Paula Hicks-Hudson sworn in as acting mayor". WTVG. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  10. Bade, Nick (6 February 2015). "Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins has passed away at the age of 70". Toledo News Now. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  11. Troy, Tom (6 February 2015). "Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins taken off life support, dies at 70". The Blade. Retrieved 6 February 2015.

Further reading

Political offices
Preceded by
Michael P. Bell
Mayor of Toledo
Succeeded by
Paula Hicks-Hudson (acting)

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