New mayor for Willard

Zoe Greszler • Jan 4, 2018 at 2:00 AM

WILLARD — Mayor Todd Shininger is retiring from his job as the Willard’s leader after more than 20 years of service.

A proclamation was read at Tuesday night’s council meeting and he was recognized for his many years of service as mayor, as a member of council and many other ways in the city. 

Newly elected as president of council, James Johnson said Shininger made a difference in the community and said that council and the city were “honored” to have his service. Johnson said Shininger just felt it was time to let someone else take the seat.

“He’s been doing it for a long time and I think he’s just looking to do some other stuff,” he said. 

Councilman Joe Daniel was nominated and elected by council as new mayor. 

Johnson said he was the man for the job.

“He’s been in Willard for pretty much his whole life,” he said. “He has a great passion about creating a positive image for the city that we need going forward. He epitomizes ‘Proud to call Willard home’ slogan.” 

Sworn in at the meeting were: Ward I — Charles Danhoff; Ward II — Joseph Daniel; Ward III — David Sattig; and Ward IV — Michael Elmlinger.

Elmlinger was nominated as president pro tem and Danhoff as vice mayor.

Diana Olson and Josh Gerber remain as at-large council members.

Johnson said he hopes to emulate that same values as Daniel as president. 

“It’s going to be right along the same lines of improving the image of the community and being proud to call Willard home,” he said of what he hopes to accomplish.  

He said he feels the community’s image is on the up and up, but there’s always room for improvement.

“I think what is going to continue to help the city is not only to help the government, but the and individual departments in the city to build a stronger relationship throughout the city. ... We’ve seen improvement since the changes in the police department. There’s certainly a lot more positive things coming from them and the fire department is more involved in the community too.”

On his list of things he believes the community is looking forward to is the road work scheduled to be done this year. 

“We’re certainly looking forward to continuing to build the infrastructure with the road projects,” Johnson said. “Road work seems (minor) but that’s helping to build on the other things, bigger things. When you you have the core stuff, like infrastructure, the overall impression improves. People like to have good roads.”

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