Dear New Resident:

Congratulations on the new and exciting changes in your life! Oberlinians take great pride in welcoming a very diverse mix of permanent residents, college students, and visitors to our unique and historic City. We are happy you are here!

Oberlin is governed using the Council-Manager form of government. Our City Council is comprised of seven residents elected at-large to two-year terms.  A professional City Manager is hired by City Council to administer the day-to-day activities of the City. The City Council also appoints a Finance Director, Law Director, and City Clerk. The City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Oberlin City Hall at 85 South Main Street. Residents are welcome to attend and are encouraged to participate in meetings. Council meetings are also broadcasted on Cable TV Channel 9. We have numerous citizen boards and commissions that advise the City Council. We hope you will consider serving on one. You may follow the work of the City Council and Boards and Commissions by reading Agendas and Minutes online here.

Oberlin is a full service City offering police and fire protection, utilities, recreation, recycling, a cemetery and numerous parks, as well as other Public Works services. Information for each of these departments can be found on the City’s website:

At the heart of our community is Oberlin College, with its rich variety of educational and cultural programs that are available to residents, as well as students.

There are many recreational opportunities within the City of Oberlin including recreation programs, parks, and trails. The Oberlin Recreation Complex on West Hamilton Street has baseball/softball and soccer fields. Lorain County Metro Parks operates Splash Zone, an indoor-outdoor swimming pool/water park and fitness center, also located on West Hamilton Street. The College also operates an athletic facility that offers memberships to the public. Through this membership, residents may access an indoor swimming pool, tennis and racquetball courts, weight rooms, and gymnasiums.

Oberlin’s intimate school district offers a variety of opportunities that belies its size. Oberlin boasts an outstanding school system that provides an exceptionally well rounded education. The District places emphasis on academic rigor, having been recognized by ACT as a Regional Red Quail District, and places a value on the arts, having been awarded an Outstanding Support of Music Education by the NAMM Foundation.  The school district is the first district in the state of Ohio (and one of the first in the nation) to be fully authorized to offer the highly regarded International Baccalaureate curriculum in all grades, for all students. Almost 90% of Oberlin High School graduates attend college upon graduation, and those who qualify for admission to Oberlin College receive full four-year tuition scholarships.

We welcome you to Oberlin, and if I can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me at (440) 775-7206.



Rob Hillard
City Manager


If you still have questions and are unsure which department to contact, call the Oberlin City Hall Main Line at (440) 775-1531.