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Administration Office:
ph: 330-637-3916
400 North High Street
Cortland, Ohio 44410

Mayor's Biography

Mayor Woofter 2014

Mayor Jim Woofter

Jim was born and raised in Cortland and has lived here nearly all of his life. Following graduation from Lakeview High School in 1967, he joined the Navy and served on the destroyer USS Hugh Purvis (DD 709). Jim attended both Los Angeles Harbor College and Youngstown State University. He received his degree of Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America. Jim worked as a professional photographer for 34 years, retiring in 2004. Later that same year he became the first manager of the Cortland News and in January of 2008 he purchased the newspaper and is now the owner and publisher.  Previous to being elected mayor in 2016, Jim had served four years on the Planning, Zoning and Building Commission. In 2005 he was elected to city council where he had served for ten years and council president from 2011 to 2015.

Community Involvement

Past charter member, president and Paul Harris Fellow of Cortland Rotary Club

Founder and past member of the Cortland Community Band

Member of Old Erie Masonic Lodge #3, F & AM

Past Board member of Trumbull Mobile Meals

Member of the Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council

Member of the Committee for the Freedom Warrior Golf Outing

Member Trumbull County Alzheimer’s Walk Committee

Member Trumbull County Tourism Bureau