DUBLIN — Mayor Mike Barhorst was recently elected as treasurer of the Mayors Association of Ohio during its annual meeting held in Dublin.
As treasure, Barhorst will serve a one-year term. He was also elected, along with Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel, to serve a two-year term as executive committee members to represent District 8, which includes Van Wert, Allen, Hancock, Mercer, Auglaize, Shelby, Logan and Hardin counties, for the association.
Other elected officers for the upcoming year include President Mike Porter, mayor of Mount Gilead; First Vice President William Flaute, mayor of Riverside; Second Vice President Jeff Hazel, mayor of Celina; and Secretary Mark Cegelka, mayor of Glenwillow. Officers serve one-year terms.
The conference offered a variety of workshops and the opportunity for attendees to discuss current legislation under consideration by the General Assembly.
Other Shelby County attendees were Botkins Mayor Steve Woodruff and Fort Loramie Mayor Randy Ahlers.
Speakers this year included, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Jobs Ohio Director of Strategy Andrew Deye, Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director Chip Tansill and Ohio Municipal League Executive Director Kent Scarrett, among others.
Topics discussed included the municipal court system, economic development, revitalization of Ohio’s small and medium sized legacy cities, public records, Ohio’s medical marijuana law, open meetings, panhandling, nuisance animals, wireless telecommunications, fireworks, the opioid epidemic and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) funding programs, among others.
The Mayors Association of Ohio was formed to assist the mayors of Ohio’s 937 municipalities to improve municipal government, administration and the promotion of the general welfare of the cities and villages of Ohio.
The annual conference provides the opportunity for mayors to meet as a separate group for the discussion of the special problems, responsibilities and experiences of the mayors as a special class of officers and as heads of cities and villages of the state.
Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan offered to host the 2018 annual conference in Akron. The executive committee voted unanimously to accept the invitation, in part to see the renaissance taking place in downtown Akron that includes a walk-able and livable infrastructure, new hotels/meeting spaces, and a variety of entertainment options.
Barhorst has served as a member of the executive committee of the Ohio Mayors Association for 10 years. As a result of his election as treasurer, he will progress through the officer ranks and eventually assume the presidency of the organization.