Vaca Biography

James Vaca

  • Ward 1, January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2021

Committee & Board Involvement

  • Firemen's Dependency Board - Member
  •  Tree Commission - Member

Biography & Achievements

Councilman Vaca was appointed by City Council to complete the term of Ward One Councilman, after the resignation of Ronald Horn in June 1999. He then went on to win the ward race in November 1999 and was re-elected in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017. Councilman Vaca previously served as the Chairman to the Service and Utilities Committee, and as a member of the Safety Committee, and the Firemen's Dependency Board. Currently Councilman Vaca serves as the Chairman of the Safety, Service and Utilities Committee, and as a member the Recreation Advisory Committee and the Tree Commission.

Councilman Vaca is retired and was the Assistant Meat Department Manager and a meat cutter for Heinen's Supermarkets. In addition, he has been a part-time Firefighter/EMT for Aurora for the past 40 years. Mr. Vaca previously served as Councilman for Ward One from 1986 to 1989, and also served on the Service Committee. He has worked as a poll worker for the Portage County Board of Elections for over 25 years, is a charter member of the Aurora School Bus Transportation Committee, served on the Aurora Youth Commission, was involved in the Aurora Community Theatre, and has served as Trustee/President of the Geauga Lake Improvement Association.

An Aurora High School graduate, Mr. Vaca has been an area resident since 1949. He has been married for 55 years, with 4 children and 7 grandchildren. As an antique automobile buff, he enjoys driving a 1957 Chevy during the summer. He also enjoys working with wood, steel and paint, as well as being involved in the community.