I was born in East Cleveland. Raised in Cleveland Heights. Attended Lutheran High School East for two years. Transferred to Cleveland Heights for senior year and graduated in 1967. Received Associate Degree in Law Enforcement / Corrections from Lakeland Community College. Attended Kent State and began work for degree in Political Science.
Began career in Law Enforcement at Kirtland Police Department in 1972. Transferred to Cleveland Heights Police Department in 1974. Retired from Cleveland Heights Police Department in 2010. Positions held in CHPD: Safety Officer (worked with juveniles/all city schools) 1976 through 1990. General Duty Detective (handled investigations of simple Threats to Rape/Murder) 1991 through 2010; member of original Crisis Intervention Team (SWAT) 1989 - 2000; head of Juvenile Arrests 1996 to retirement in 2010.
Currently married for forty-one years to my wonderful wife Susan. We have three children and four grandchildren.
Lived in Reminderville 1972-1978. Moved to Twinsburg in 2013.
Began volunteer work at THS in 2014. Delivered Meals on Wheels for eight years; Served year as President for Home Owners Association; Served on Board of Directors for Steel Valley Federal Credit Union for fifteen years; Current Trustee - Council for Historic Institutions and Preservation Socities (CHIPS); past President for THS; Current Treasurer for THS.
Hobbies: Exploring old architecture; History; Collect old Clocks and member of National Watch and Clock Collector; Graduate from School of Horology (Trade School); Sailing.
Hello Twinsburg Historical Society members. My name is Jon Howard. I am the current Treasurer for THS. Four years ago I was reading the Twinsburg Bulletin and ran across an article about THS. I stopped in for the following Wednesday evening Board Meeting and liked what I saw. The next thing I knew I was volunteering to work for the "Tales of Locust Grove" program and was one of the "committee of four" who re-wrote the THS Bi-Laws and made them current. From there I ran for the THS President position and was elected. My platform was to Make THS A Business. Over the following year I learned our operation and harnessed the work to make it a legal entity. Andy Tomko, Bev and Frank Klimas, Mary Faith Higgins, and Diana Kriedman soon volunteered at THS and over the next three months we inventoried all property in our possession. We bought a new updated computer and retired our outdated 1983 Tandy. More current computers were added and Steel Valley Federal Credit Union donated us a complete office set up of furniture to work on. We started digitizing our records and possessions and soon agreed to computer link our photographs with the Summit County and Akron Library. We reached out to professionals who agreed to mentor us regarding the operation of our museum and the preservation of our belongings. We are proud we have truly entered the Twenty-First Century with the operation of the Twinsburg Historical Society.