|In this blog, I periodically feature our colleagues in government so you can get to know us better. Today, we are talking with Councilman Melvin Jacobs.
Councilman Jacobs is a Beachwood resident of 55 years who has served on Beachwood City Council for nearly two decades. He is a retired Cleveland Public School teacher, an avid sports fan and enjoys the company of his four grandchildren who live nearby. Please take a few minutes to learn more about Councilman Jacobs as he shares more about himself in this interview.
You are closing in on two decades serving on Council. What has inspired you to stay over the years?
Beachwood is a special community. I truly can’t think of a better place to live or work. I am devoted to the ongoing success of the City and the well-being of its residents— that’s what it inspires me to keep serving.
How long have you lived in Beachwood?
I have lived in Beachwood for 55 years. My parents moved here when I entered 10th grade – it was a village in those days. We picked up our mail at the corner of my street. It has been remarkable to watch the City flourish over the years.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or spot to hang out?
There are so many fantastic places and restaurants it’s hard to name a favorite. I do especially enjoy having breakfast with friends and family at Jack’s and Corky’s.
Where did you attend college and what did you study? What do you do for a living?
I attended Ohio State University and graduated with a BS in Finance. I also attended Cleveland State completing graduate work in education. I served as a teacher for Cleveland Public Schools for 36 years and am now retired.
Tell us about your family.
I have been married to my wife, Stephanie (“Stevie”), for 47 years. My college roommate’s mother- in-law and Stevie’s mother played cards together and they fixed us up. Over the years, Stevie has worked numerous part-time jobs at the Beachwood Schools. Her main job, however, was to care for our children. We have two beautiful daughters. My daughter Jackie has a set of 13-year-old twins and Sheryl has a five-year-old and two-year-old. We are so fortunate they both live within close driving distance.
If you could pack up and leave for a vacation tomorrow, where would you go?
I would love to go on a Mediterranean cruise. Stevie and I have been on a number of Caribbean cruises. We have also been to London, Paris and Rome. We would like to continue to travel to places like Spain, Greece and Germany.
What do you do for fun? Hobbies, etc.
Beyond travel and sightseeing, I enjoy being outside. I like beaches and pools, especially the Beachwood Family Aquatic. I enjoy sports. I played in the Beachwood men’s softball league for over 20 years and enjoy attending Cavs, Indians and Browns games. If I’m not headed to a game, I’m likely headed to the theater. Stevie and I are season ticket holders to the Broadway Series at Playhouse Square.
Are you involved with other community or charitable activities?
I am a founding member of the Beachwood Fraternal Order of Police Associates (FOPA) as well as a trustee of the Beachwood Arts Council.
What do you believe is the most important issue facing Beachwood right now?
I think it is imperative that we continue to attract young people and couples who will raise their families here. Part of the way we do that is making sure our housing stock, and particularly rental properties, are well maintained.
What advice would you have for others seeking public office?
You have to have thick skin. You cannot always satisfy everyone, but you must look out for what is best for the whole community. You must take into consideration the people living here as well as the businesses that help support this community through their taxes.