Dan Frederick was born in Port Clinton, grew up on Catawba Island, and moved to Milan Township (Erie County) in 1976 — where he has lived since.
Dan’s first experience with township government was through his job as an architect. He has worked with a dozen or so local townships, beginning with designing Milan Township’s fire station about 20 years ago. He also served for several years on the Board of Zoning Appeals.
How did he make the move to trustee? “I am a firm believer in community service. Becoming an elected official seemed like the next ‘grown up’ step in public leadership after serving as a Cub Scout den leader, little league baseball coach, athletic booster and president of the Chamber of Commerce,” he says.
A former all-Ohio high school football player, Frederick has been married to his high school sweetheart, Tina, for 24 years. They have two sons, Zachary and Nick. He is most proud of being a loving husband and caring dad who happens to own a successful small business, while also attempting to offer some respected community leadership. In his “spare” time, he coaches junior high school football.
Frederick believes the most challenging aspect of being an elected official is moving forward using your best judgment even when a consensus is not reached, “realizing that everyone will not be happy and recognizing that the best solution is not always the most popular.”