COLUMBUS — Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst was elected second vice president of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Municipal League (OML) at their December meeting Friday morning, Dec. 2, in Columbus. Barhorst has served on the board just two years.
Barhorst was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Board of the Municipal League in 2015. He was subsequently elected to a full term at the annual meeting of the OML earlier this year.
Garnet “Sis” Love, current OML Board president and chair of the Nominating Committee, said that Barhorst had been an active member of the Board from the time of his appointment.
“He has been of tremendous assistance as we move the OML forward. He provided tremendous assistance in the hiring process for the new executive director, he has testified on behalf of municipalities before the General Assembly, and his long service as an elected official make him a natural fit as an officer of this organization,” said Love.
Barhorst was unanimously elected by the board.
“I am deeply humbled to have been elected,” Barhorst said following the meeting. “We have a tremendous amount of work to do. It is clear that we need to be more proactive as an organization, and I look forward to being a part of that process.”
Barhorst will serve as second vice president in 2017, first vice president in 2018, and then as president in 2019. His formal service in an OML leadership role will conclude in 2020, when he will serve as immediate past president.
The Ohio Municipal League was incorporated as an Ohio non-profit corporation in 1952 by city and village officials who saw the need for a statewide association to serve the interests of Ohio’s municipal government. The Ohio Municipal League is governed by a Board of Trustees, elected by the membership.
The board consists of all past presidents of the League, as long as they are municipal officials, and 28 Trustees elected for two-year terms. Of the 28 Trustees, at least one must be the mayor of a city or village; a city manager; a fiscal officer or finance director; a solicitor or director of law; a member of a municipal legislative body, other than the mayor. The board is the policy-making body of the OML.
Barhorst has served as an At-Large City Councilmember since 2007. He was elected mayor that same year, and has served in that capacity since. He previously served as a councilmember from 1977 through 1989, serving as vice mayor from 1981-1987 and as mayor from 1987-1989. Barhorst is also a member of the executive committee of the Association of Ohio Mayors.