John Brennan's life revolved around public service.

John Brennan's life revolved around public service.

Even the 10 years he spent in the private sector were devoted to serving Bexley residents as a restaurant owner.

Brennan served with the U.S. Army in Germany from 1967 to 1969.

He earned a bachelor of science degree from the Ohio State University College of Education and a master of science degree from OSU's School of Natural Resources.

From 1972 through 1984, he worked for the city of Bexley in the Recreation and Parks Department and became the recreation and parks director.

From 1984 to 1994, Brennan owned Brennan's Broad-Nel Restaurant.

Brennan served as director of the Bexley Parks and Recreation Department from 1973 to 1984 and was director of Hilliard Recreation and Parks from 2000-07. He worked as a sports program supervisor for Dublin Parks and Recreation in 1997 and was the recreation and wellness director for the Columbus Jewish Community Center from 1994 to 1996.

Brennan spent a total of 23 years in parks and recreation and 30 years in city government.

In 2004, he was named the Ohio Parks and Recreation' Association's professional of the year and was inducted into the OPRA Hall of Fame in 2011.

Brennan served as a member of Bexley City Council from 1988 to 1995 and was city council president from 1994-95.

He was elected mayor of Bexley in 2008 and and re-elected to a second term on Nov. 8, 2011.