Council Member Rap Hankins, Ward 2

Rap Hankins
Council Member Rap Hankins is married to Jan; they have 3 children. He received his BA in Humanities and Human Development from Antioch University in 1997, graduating with commendations. His philosophy is: if people want the respect of others, they first and foremost must respect themselves by building the strongest city possible.

Our Home

"Over twenty-five years ago, my family and I moved to Trotwood for the country environment, schools, and the prospect of raising our children in a vibrant and safe environment," says Hankins. "Today, our city faces many challenges similar to communities all over the state of Ohio. I believe that we can continue to build upon the very reasons that brought my family to Trotwood so many years ago. This can and will be done with the help of my colleagues on City Council. Most importantly, success will be attained through the full participation of all the people of the City of Trotwood. And the continuous growth of our city will be attained by all of those citizens seeing Trotwood for what it is and what it can be - Our Home."

Experience & Background

Council Member Hankins was appointed to Trotwood's Ward 2 in July 2001 and was elected to his 1st term that November. He established Hankins Computer Consultants in 1982 and, through 1994, represented software and accessories for Apple / Macintosh and IBM in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, southern Michigan, and western Pennsylvania. A firm believer in continuous education, he has obtained the Gold Leadership Ambassador level in the National League of Cities and is a member of the Ohio Municipal League Training Institute. Both organizations provide training and development in understanding effective government policies and procedures.

Regional Memberships & Community Involvement

Regionally, Mr. Hankins is the city's representative on the Dayton First Tier Suburbs Consortium and a member of the Ohio Municipal League. He believes it is important for citizens to participate and give back to the community they call home. His community involvement, politically and socially, is extensive. His time as Trotwood Softball Association President (1996-2001) continues to be near and dear to his heart. "Trotwood is only as prosperous as the number of its people willing to volunteer their time and energy," says Hankins. "To those volunteers, I say thank you."

Salem Village & Brentwood Neighborhoods

Councilman Hankins is focused on enforcing ordinances to hold citizens / landlords accountable for maintaining their property in the Salem Village and Brentwood neighborhoods. Children in these neighborhoods were redistricted in the 1960s to Dayton schools, and Hankins states, "I will be attending the Dayton school board meetings to understand the vision and how it impacts our children attending Dayton schools."