Greenville’s newest mayor takes oath

GREENVILLE – It’s official. The city of Greenville has a new mayor. On Sept. 13 at 5 p.m., Steve Willman took the oath of office to be installed as Greenville’s newest mayor. He was joined by his family as his wife, Roxanne Willman (Greenville City Auditor) held the Bible and Juvenile Court Judge Jason Aslinger gave the oath.

Several department heads and city employees were in the audience as the oath was taken including Acting Mayor John Burkett. Burkett joked saying he was there because he wanted to make sure everything went as planned so he didn’t have to be mayor anymore. Burkett will now return to his position of President of Council.

Willman, a 1971 Greenville High School graduate, worked for Corning, Inc. for 30-years. He has also served the community on numerous boards, including Darke County United Way and Boys and Girls Club of Greenville.

His top priority with the city is improving communications with its departments and the public. He said he will have an open door policy.

While there has been some concern with both Willmans serving in elected positions, the Ohio Ethics Commission has ruled there is no conflict of interest with his wife serving as auditor and him serving as mayor.

The Republican Central Committee is now tasked with filling Willman’s vacancy on City Council. Willman began serving the city’s fourth ward earlier this year. The Republican Party is now seeking applicants from the fourth ward to fill that seat. Dave Keiser noted the party has 45 days (from Sept. 9) to fill that seat. Resumes are being accepted by the party until Sept. 23. If more than two or three applications are received the candidates will be screened and a recommendation made to the precinct chairmen. The precinct chairmen will choose Willman’s successor.

The fourth ward includes an area west of East Main at the Traffic Circle and north of South Broadway to the Martha Benkert Bridge and north beyond Russ Road with portions extending to Childrens Home-Bradford Road.

Persons interested in filling the position can send a resume to the Darke County Republican Party, PO Box 45, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or to Cindy Pike at cindypike@darkegop.org. The deadline is Sept. 23.

The appointment will be temporary as there will be an election to fill the remainder of the term in 2017. Republicans and Democrats interested in running will be required to run in the May Primary Election with the General Election in November.

PHOTO CAPTION: Mayor Steve Willman with his wife, Roxanne, holding the Bible takes the oath of office from Judge Jason Aslinger with his family watching.

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