Councilman Larry Napoli will begin serving his ninth term on Parma City Council in January. He has been a resident of Ward 6 for over 30 years and has represented his ward since 2003.

A 1979 graduate of Valley Forge High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 1984 where he was also a student athlete on the tennis team. He works for PPG Industries as a Color Lab Manager.

Napoli and his family are active members of St. Anthony’s Parish, where he also coached CYO football and basketball. He is active in several civic organizations throughout Parma and is a social member of American Legion Post 572.

He and his wife, Debbie, have two sons, Larry Jr. and Ryan. We sat down with Councilman Napoli to learn more about him and his thoughts on the city. Read to find out!

NapoliWhat made you want to become part of Parma City Council?

I was always heavily involved in the community. Whether it was helping out at my parish Saint Anthony of Padua or coaching CYO football and basketball, I loved being involved and being able to make an impact on the community. Several friends and people in the area asked me to run for city council. At the time Parma really needed to make some changes. I was elected to represent Ward 6 in 2003 and have continued to run because my passion and energy are still driving me to better the community. 

What’s your favorite thing about Parma?

Wow, that’s tough to single out only one! One thing I love is how accessible everything is. My church and City Hall are both minutes from my home and downtown is just a 15 minute drive or Uber ride away. Parma is also an extremely affordable place to live and is filled with great blue collar families.  Our safety forces are top notch as well and that helped my wife and I make the decision to raise our sons here. 

What’s your proudest moment as the Ward 6 representative?

One of my favorite moments is when the council hands out resolutions to people that achieve great things in the city. I love being able to recognize the accomplishments of people or groups in Parma. I’m also proud of my involvement with the partnership the city has with the West Creek Reservation.  It has become a true gem in our city! 

What are some main differences between your first year on council until now?

The City really needed some direction and better leadership when I first ran for Ward 6 representative back in 2003. I believe the overall well-being of the city is night and day compared to what it was like 16 years ago. 

What do you like to do when you’re not in the lab or talking about ways to improve the city?

There’s nothing I love more than spending time with my two sons, Larry Jr. and Ryan. We are die-hard Cleveland Sports fan and season ticket holders with the Cleveland Indians. 

When we are not at Progressive Field or down in our man-cave, we’re usually enjoying some other sporting event or concert.  We also like to tour the many microbrews in the Cleveland area or when we travel out of state.  

By: Eric Piechowski

Also read our Q&A with Mayor Tim DeGeeter here