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Mayoral Inauguration Kicks Off Sesquicentennial Year



The inauguration of Jeff Fryman as the 32nd mayor of Archbold and regular Archbold Village Council meeting was held under the replica of Council Oak at the Sauder Heritage Inn, Monday, Jan. 4. Top: Council under the tree. The AHS Marching Band, in the background, performs prior to the event. Lower left: Mark Hagans, village law director, administers the oath of office to Fryman. Lower right: Mayors and-or their families, past and present. Front row, from left: Fryman; Lawrence Short, mayor from 1964-1972; Jim Wyse, mayor from 2004- 2016. Back row: Matt and Pam Rychener, the son and widow of the late Chuck Rychener, who was mayor from 1992-2000; Deb Rupp and David Lovejoy, daughter and son of the late William Lovejoy, mayor from 1972-1992.– photos by David Pugh and Mary Huber The inauguration of Jeff Fryman as the 32nd mayor of Archbold and regular Archbold Village Council meeting was held under the replica of Council Oak at the Sauder Heritage Inn, Monday, Jan. 4. Top: Council under the tree. The AHS Marching Band, in the background, performs prior to the event. Lower left: Mark Hagans, village law director, administers the oath of office to Fryman. Lower right: Mayors and-or their families, past and present. Front row, from left: Fryman; Lawrence Short, mayor from 1964-1972; Jim Wyse, mayor from 2004- 2016. Back row: Matt and Pam Rychener, the son and widow of the late Chuck Rychener, who was mayor from 1992-2000; Deb Rupp and David Lovejoy, daughter and son of the late William Lovejoy, mayor from 1972-1992.– photos by David Pugh and Mary Huber

With more pomp and circumstance than any other mayoral inauguration in recent memory, Jim Wyse, outgoing mayor of the village of Archbold, turned the job over to Jeff Fryman.

The AHS Marching Band performed prior to the start of the Monday, Jan. 4 Archbold Village Council meeting, which was held under the replica Council Oak tree at the Sauder Heritage Inn.

Then Steve Van Sickle, general manager of the Inn, reprised his role as Sauder Village town crier to open the meeting.

During the event, Wyse told the crowd of about 60 people they were not only celebrating the installation of a new mayor and Brian Huffman, new Archbold council member, they were also celebrating the start of the Archbold Sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary.

“What not a better place to celebrate here in Archbold, than right here on the campus of this unique treasure we call Sauder Village,” said the outgoing mayor.

Speaking to Fryman, Wyse said after becoming mayor, “I expressed that it would be nice to have a gavel as mayor.

“Low and behold, at the next council meeting, there, laying in my chair, was a gavel with my name on it.

“Well, I’m not mayor anymore, and I didn’t think you wanted a gavel with my name on it, so I present to you, a gavel.

“The only prerequisite is that when your term as mayor is finished, you pay it forward, and present the next mayor with a gavel.”

Recognized

After taking the oath of office from Mark Hagans, village law director, Fryman recognized former mayors and-or their family representatives in attendance.

He pointed out Lawrence Short, mayor from 1964- 1972, noting that during his years, the village created the municipal income tax.

Fryman said Short was instrumental in the Archbold Development Corporation, which brought business to the community, and the creation of the Archbold Industrial Park.

Fryman recognized family members of the late William “Bill” Lovejoy, who was mayor from 1972-1992.

He said during Lovejoy’s tenure, the village developed the current water treatment plant and constructed Memorial Park. Lovejoy was credited with the modernization of the police department.

Fryman, a former police officer himself, said Lovejoy “gave me a hard time. He told me I was too young.”

He recognized the family of the late Chuck Rychener, who was mayor from 1992- 2000.

He said Rychener was instrumental in the development of the northside fire station and Clyde’s Way underpass.

Rychener helped modernize village human resource operations, and was involved in the creation of a permanent income tax for the Park Board to operate the Parks & Recreation Department.

“He was the first mayor I worked under. I miss him,” Fryman said.

Fryman also praised Wyse, noting that during his term in office starting in 2004, he played a large role in the negotiations that kept the ConAgra plant in Archbold, retaining 400 jobs.

Wyse was also instrumental in the downtown redevelopment, known as a “streetscape” project.

Wyse played a major part in the relocation of the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center to the village.

A Friend

Fryman said he also wanted to “say one thing about a close friend of mine who can’t be with us tonight, chief Joe Wyse.”

Joe Wyse, police chief, suffered a stroke in September 2015. He was hospitalized for several weeks, and is currently continuing his recovery at home in Archbold.

“He’s still our chief, and he will remain so until he makes a decision,” Fryman said.

“I miss him. I got to be close to him, working with him over the past year.”

Fryman recognized Thom Ross, interim police chief, for stepping into the leadership role after Wyse’s stroke.

Following Fryman’s remarks, council continued its regular meeting under the replica oak tree.–David Pugh

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