TIPP CITY — When former Sidney resident Doug Slagel was elected a Tipp City councilmember in November, one of the first people he called to share the news was then Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst. “I want you to swear me in!” Slagel told Barhorst. Slagel, the son of Paul and Martha Slagel of Sidney, was one of Barhorst’s former students when he attended both Holy Angels Elementary and then Lehman High School.
In his more than 26 years in office, Barhorst has rarely missed a meeting. Although Barhorst knew complying with Slagel’s request would require that he miss a city council meeting in Sidney, the long-time educator was more than happy to comply with Slagel’s request.
This past Monday, Barhorst attended the special council meeting in which Scott Roddy was administered the oath of office. Barhorst then traveled to Tipp City.
There Barhorst sat patiently as the councilmembers adjourned to executive session to reorganize. When they returned to regular session, they elected Mike McFarland their new mayor, and Kathleen Huffman as council president. Slagel was one of five newly elected members of Tipp City’s Council, all of whom were sworn in alphabetically.
When it was Slagel’s turn to be administered the oath of office, he was joined by his wife Julie and his parents. Also in the audience were long-time friend and classmate John Huecker, Tipp City educator and moderator of the Stillwater Civil War Roundtable Joe Bellas, and retired business executive Russ Gillmore. Gillmore served as Slagel’s campaign treasurer.
Slagel is employed by R.B. Jergens as a heavy construction equipment operator. Slagel has been employed in the construction industry for 42 years, .
Prior to being elected to Tipp City’s Council, Slagel served as a member of Tipp City’s Park Board for 13 years. He resigned to take his seat as a councilmember.
Slagel is also currently serving as a member of the parish council of Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church. He has presented several programs for the Stillwater Civil War Roundtable. He and his wife Julie have been married 32 years.
“I was honored to fulfill Doug’s request,” Barhorst stated. “Doug has maintained regular contact with me since his graduation from Lehman in 1982. He is one of several former students who navigated the waters from being a former student to being a friend. We share a passion for history – especially the Civil War.”
“In addition, we’ve worked together on a number of projects,” Barhorst continued. “In fact, he’s served on the planning committee for Sidney, Ohio’s Civil War Living History Weekend since our first biennial event in 2016.”
“Doug takes a passion for service with him no matter what he undertakes. I look forward to watching him in his new role,” Barhorst said.