Council President To Step Down

ST. MARYS — The long-time council president in St. Marys is resigning at the end of the year.

In a letter sent to city councilors, St. Marys Council President Dan Hoelscher announced his plans to retire as the result of his retirement from Crown Equipment. In order to take advantage of his Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) benefits, Hoelscher also must step down as council president. However, Hoelscher said he would like to be re-appointed to the position.

“I’ve asked the St. Marys Republican Central Committee for re-appointment,” Hoelscher told The Evening Leader.

“I told them that if the Republican Central Committee would appoint someone else to fill my seat, I would not run against their appointment.”

Hoelscher’s seat as council president is up for re-election —  along with all the seats on city council — next year. If the St. Marys Republican Central Committee chooses to appoint someone else, that person would fill the remaining year on Hoelscher’s term.

“The way I look at it, if the committee would not be willing to appoint me, then probably it’s time I should stay home,” Hoelscher said.

“I have had 20 years there and I have really enjoyed it, but if they feel differently, I would stay home and have plenty to do.”