Roy Mayes, 1976 - 1979

Former Mayor Roy Mayes had heard that I was doing features of past mayors and that I was looking for information about him. On January 5, Mr. Mayes called me from his home in Winterhaven, Florida and we spoke for over an hour. Following is some of the information I learned during our conversation.

Roy Mayes served as mayor from 1976 through 1979. Prior to being elected mayor, he served on City Council and was Council president during Mayor Frank Krainz’s administration. Mr. Mayes grew up in Tennessee near the Cumberland Plateau. When he moved to Cleveland, he worked for Fisher Body for 33 years as a foreman. He has 2 children and 4 grandchildren and retired to Florida a few years after his term as mayor.

Administration
Under Mayor Mayes’ leadership, a time capsule was buried in the City of Highland Heights Community Park on July 4, 1976. It is located under a large boulder on the opposite side of the road from the playground. It was placed in observance of our Nation’s bicentennial. The time capsule is to be opened upon the celebration of our Nation’s tercentenary (300th anniversary) on July 4, 2076. Each year, up to and including the year 2076, the clerk of council will read a reminder statement at the Council meeting held in the month of June.

Accomplishments
During our conversation, Mr. Mayes did most of the talking but I was able to ask him 2 questions, “What are you most proud of?” and “How would you like the residents of Highland Heights to remember you?”

Mr. Mayes is most proud of the 2 times he and Council were able to lower taxes. He also claims to have left a $300,000 surplus in the general fund which was up from $40,000 when he took office. His mentor was Frank Krainz whom he described as a “very honest mayor and man.”

Mr. Mayes calls himself a “hands on” guy and once stayed up all night at the Community Park to try and catch some youths who were vandalizing equipment at the park. He would like to be remembered as a person who “fought for the rights of the people.”