SIDNEY — Some veteran public officials were sworn in, along with a couple of newcomers, as Sidney City Council held its last meeting of the year Monday night.
After a brief executive session, council chose Mike Barhorst and Mardie Milligan to continue as mayor and vice mayor, respectively. This is Barhorst’s sixth term as mayor and his fifth consecutive term. He first served as mayor from 1987 to ‘89, was off council for a number of years, and returned in 2007. Council has named him mayor every two years since then. This is Milligan’s fourth consecutive term as vice mayor.
Barhorst was sworn in twice Monday night. He was among the three at-large council members elected Nov. 3 who were sworn in. The others are incumbent Janet Born and newcomer Joe Ratermann.
Also sworn in was the Police Department’s newest officer, Ethan Brown. Police Chief Will Balling said Brown graduated from Clyde High School in 2011 with a 3.912 grade-point average. He then attended Bowling Green State University where he graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA and a degree in criminal justice. While studying criminal justice at BGSU, he also entered the ROTC program and is currently a 2nd lieutenant in the Army Reserves.
“During our background check we spoke to several people about Ethan,” Balling said. “His commanding officer at BGSU advised that Ethan was one of the top cadets in the country and could have had his pick of assignments and postings if he would have joined the military full time.”
A sergeant from Brown’s ROTC training cadre said “we should ‘snatch him up quickly,’ ” Balling said.
The chief deputy of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office said Brown interned with the office “and that while they normally do not allow someone as young as Ethan to be an intern, Ethan was a clear exception.”
“While all of those were good references the most telling one came from Brenda Doerger. Mrs. Doerger is Ethan’s grandmother-in-law and lives in Sidney,” Balling said. “She stated that she was very proud of Ethan and pleased that he married her granddaughter. With a recommendation like that we knew he had to be a good young man.”
Brown and his wife, Shelbe, have already moved to Shelby County, Balling said. He said they would like to be active in the community and “we know that they will be a great asset to the community. They both exhibited our core values of professionalism, integrity, courage and compassion and I would like to formally welcome both of them to Sidney.”
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