Mayor Becky Stinchcomb was first sworn in as Mayor of Gahanna on October 9, 2001 and is currently serving her twelfth year as Mayor. Mayor Stinchcomb was originally appointed to the position. She then ran for election as Mayor in 2003, and won both the primary and general elections to win a full four year term. She repeated successful runs for office in 2007 and 2011. Mayor Stinchcomb is proud to be the first woman ever to be elected Mayor of Gahanna.
Mayor Stinchcomb’s career of public service began as a resident of Rathburn Woods when she founded the Rathburn Woods Civic Association in 1986, and served as its first President. In 1991 She was elected to Gahanna City Council as the representative to Ward Three. Stinchcomb was then unopposed for re-election for an unprecedented four additional terms.
During her Council career, Stinchcomb chaired every committee and was elected Vice President twice. It was during her term as President in 2001 that she accepted the appointment as Mayor of Gahanna, filling the unexpired term of Jim McGregor, who left the Mayor’s job to accept appointment to represent the 20th District of the Ohio Statehouse.
Before serving the City of Gahanna fulltime as Mayor, Stinchcomb spent 25 years in the private sector, working in newspaper advertising management Stinchcomb served in sales, marketing and management positions with Suburban News Publications, ThisWeek Newspapers, The Columbus Dispatch, and Newspaper Network of Central Ohio/Gannett Mayor Stinchcomb’s first career position was with Ohio University, serving on the University administrative staff as the first full-time Business Manager of the daily student newspaper, The Post.
A native of Westlake, Ohio, a suburb on the west side of Cleveland, Mayor Stinchcomb graduated from Bowling Green State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, with a major in Public Relations/Advertising, and a minor in political science. Stinchcomb has been a resident of Gahanna since 1986.
Mayor Stinchcomb is married to Robert “Buck” Stinchcomb. She is the proud mother of two children, daughter Sara Hardin, a graduate of Gahanna Lincoln High School and The Ohio State University. Sara and her husband, Justin, live in Northwest Columbus, as Sara is in her second year as a teacher in Dublin. Mayor Stinchcomb’s son Andy Miller, also a GLHS graduate, is attending Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Among her many activities in the community, Mayor Stinchcomb currently serves as the chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security agency. Stinchcomb is a proud charter member of Gahanna American Legion Post 797’s Auxiliary, as the daughter of a WWII and Korean War veteran. She also serves as an Associate Advisor to Gahanna Venture Crew 797, a co-ed high-adventure unit for youth 14-21 of the Boy Scouts of America.