Mayor Biography

Merle S. Gorden, Mayor

Beachwood Mayor Merle Gorden is committed to leading the community toward a strong and bright future.

Now serving his fifth term as the city’s chief executive, Mayor Gorden has served Beachwood for more than 30 years, including time
served as council president, council member and also as a volunteer firefighter. He encourages constant dialogue with top officials at Beachwood City Schools and the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce. Together, Mayor Gorden and this team of local leaders have helped create a dynamic business core, a vibrant retail and commercial area, outstanding neighborhoods and one of the state’s top-ranked school systems. 
Beachwood’s neighborhoods are safe and well-kept with housing values among the highest in Cuyahoga County. Mayor Gorden is proud of the city’s excellent municipal services and amenities that include highly-rated police and fire departments, a $5 million aquatic center, eight tournament size tennis courts and a city park with 1.6 miles of trails.

These outstanding services are largely supported by Beachwood’s successful business community. Mayor Gorden’s efforts to constantly improve Beachwood are reflected in economic development projects totaling more than $400 million that are currently underway or have been recently completed, including the Eaton Corporation headquarters, the expansion and renovation of Beachwood High School and the construction of University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center.

Beachwood’s business community, composed of more than 25,000 employees and nearly 3,000 companies, ranges in size from Fortune 500 companies to small start-up ventures.

An advocate of regional cooperation, Mayor Gorden has taken steps toward sharing services in Northeast Ohio with other nearby communities including signing Cuyahoga County’s anti-poaching pledge. Beachwood offers a 100 percent income tax credit for residents who work in another municipality. Beachwood Police also operate the dispatch services for its neighbor community, Pepper Pike.

Among his many civic activities (see full list below), Mayor Gorden is a member of the Regional Prosperity Initiative and the American Red Cross Advisory Council. He volunteers with Northeast Ohio Adoption Services.

Mayor Gorden has been a Beachwood resident since 1959. He and his wife have two children.

Current and Former Activities

Elected Positions

Mayor / Safety Director, City Of Beachwood

Council President, City Of Beachwood

Member of Council, City Of Beachwood

Democratic Ward Leader - Beachwood

Acting Democratic Ward Leader - Beachwood

Democratic Precinct Committee Leader, Precinct A

Boards and Commissions

Beachwood Board of Zoning Appeals

Beachwood Planning & Zoning Commission

Beachwood Records Commission

Beachwood Recreation Board

Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association, Executive Committee

Cuyahoga County Planning Commission

Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Policy Committee

Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland, Ex-Officio

State Auditor's Northeast Ohio Regional Advisory Board

Civic Organizations/Affiliations

American Red Cross Advisory Council, Member

Beachwood 75th Anniversary Organizer

Beachwood Arts Council, Trustee

Beachwood Chamber of Commerce, Member

Beachwood FOPA, Founding Member

Beachwood Historical Society, Member

Former Beachwood Recreation Board, Member

Beachwood Sunday Fun Day, Co-Chair

Former Beachwood Volunteer Fire Fighter Lt., Member

Booster League, Member

County Government Structure, Member

Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association, Member

Friends of the Library, Member

Hillcrest Hospital Community Advisory Committee, Member

League of Greater Cleveland, Member

Mayor’s Association of Ohio, Member

Northeast Ohio Adoption Services, Volunteer

Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors, Member

Ohio Municipal League, Member

South Pointe Hospital Community Advisory Committee, Member

Former Temple Israel, Member, Past Trustee

Project Love/Values-in-Action Advisory Board, Member