Thornville mayor resigns
THORNVILLE- Thornville Mayor Dale Brussee tendered his resignation Tuesday afternoon, effective Friday, April 20. In an email to Thornville Village Council members he simply stated, "Friday the 20th is my last day. I quit." He declined further comment. Brussee served in the position since 2004.
Friday evening, 5:30 p.m., Council President Beth Patrick is to be sworn in as mayor by Perry County Probate Court Judge Luann Cooperrider in the small park behind the village offices.Patrick will serve as mayor until the November election.
"I'm looking for a more open government," said Patrick. "The lines of communication will go both ways." She said the village council has plenty of business ahead of it and "council's ready to get the job done."
Patrick said the council will need to appoint a council president, which will likely take place during a special council meeting to be announced. She added the village solicitor has been very helpful in helping her make the transition. Many townspeople are also willing to help. "We have lots of good people to step up to the plate and help the village," she said. "It takes a community."
The solicitor is also researching whether Patrick becoming mayor will open up a seat on the village council.
Brussee's resignation is just one of several recent changes for Thornville. Former Village Administrator Josh Eggleston effectively resigned April 4, who was preceded in resignation by former Council President Jim Royer, who resigned March 5. Patrick was appointed as council president, a position she formerly held, after Royer's resignation. Royer's council seat was filled by resident Mary Renner.
Patrick mentioned that village council members will be considering an application from a potential village administrator, whose name is not yet released. Thornville resident Ron Koehler is volunteering as interim village administrator following E g g l e s t o n 's r e s i g n a t i o n . Thornville Village Council members hope Koehler remains in the position while they decide whether to hire a permanent replacement for Eggleston or create a board of public affairs. Some council members believe a board of public affairs would be a more cost effective method of administering the village. Thornville was administered by a board of public affairs in the past. By law, an interim administrator must serve until an alternative form of government is established.