1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road
Copley, OH 44321
Phone: 330-666-6464 ext. 1105
Fire Chief Michael J. Benson is a 27 year veteran of the fire service. Prior to being appointed as Copley Township's sixth Fire Chief in August, 2007, he served as a volunteer firefighter, company officer and fire instructor for the Uniontown and Barberton Fire Departments, and the University of Akron.
Chief Benson is certified as an Executive Fire Officer from the National Fire Academy, and he earned Bachelor's and Associates Degrees in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology and Fire Science from the University of Cincinnatii. He is currently enrolled in a Master of Public Administration degree program from Anna Maria College.
Chief Benson is also a Grant Writer, Planner and Project Manager. He managed the creation of the Southwest Summit Council of Governments (SWSCOG), a historical partnership between the Cities of Barberton and Norton, and Copley Township. SWSCOG oversees the award winning Southwest Summit Communications (SWSCOM) emergency dispatch center and shared Information Technology Service (SWSCOM-IT).
A lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, Chief Benson currently resides in Wadsworth with his wife and three children.