Jerry T. Fiala previously served fourteen years as the Ward 1 representative for the City of Kent. In 1997, he served as Mayor, having been appointed by Council to fill a vacancy created when Kathleen Chandler was elected as a Portage County Commissioner.
Mayor Fiala has lived in Kent for his entire life. He worked for Tree City Mold, as a supervisor, for forty-three years, and retired in 2006. He and his wife, Carol Sue, have two children, Valerie and Tom, and four grandsons.
Mayor Fiala is a member of St. Patrick's Church, and belongs to the Kent Lions and the Knights of Columbus. He is very active in the Kent community, and volunteers for many events in the downtown area.