ARCHBOLD WEATHER

Dominique, Babcock Want To Serve Community

New Archbold Village Council Members



 

 

The two new members of Archbold Village Council have something in common.

Both want to serve their communities.

Gary Dominique, who was appointed, said, “I want to help people. I want to help the community. I want to be fiscally responsible to help people of my age be able to afford taxes.”

He said people can talk about issues all day, but, “You gotta get involved.”

Aaron Babcock, who won his seat in an unopposed election, said, “I just said I wanted to make a difference… It’s about wanting to serve my community, and I figured what better way to serve your community than to be a voice, or a sounding board, if you will.”

Both are Archbold natives. Babcock graduated from Archbold High School in 1991; Dominique was in the Class of 2004.

Babcock

After graduation, Babcock joined the U.S. Navy. He sailed aboard a Ticonderogaclass guided missile cruiser.

“I got to meet some exciting people and learn their cultures. I’ve seen most of Europe and the Caribbean,” he said.

After he got out of the Navy in 1995, he met his future wife Tiara while attending Northwest State Community College. They married and had two boys.

Lathon is in the U.S. Army. Mason graduates in May from the University of Toledo Reserve Officer Training Corps; after graduation, he’ll enter the Army as a second lieutenant.

Dominique

After graduating from AHS, Dominique went on to Northwest State, earning an associate degree in business management in a year.

He then went to work for Creighton Electric. He learned electrical work on the job, taking some additional classes to hone his skills.

“I had a really good teacher in the field,” Dominique said.

That teacher was Mike Creighton, the founder of the company.

“I worked my way into the office and got licensed (as an electrical contractor) in the state of Ohio in 2011.”

He eventually purchased the company and is its operations manager. Creighton Electric does all kinds of electrical work, including residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural.

“All of the above,” he said.

Along the way he married Aimee, and they have three children: Declan, 11; Creighton, 9; and Hollyn, 6.

New Blood

Dominique said he felt some new blood is needed on council “just to make sure we’re moving in the right direction.

“There are a lot of older council members… look at the terms. Kevin Morton had 20 years. Kevin Eicher is going to have 20 years. The mayor (Brad Grime) is going to have 20 years (Grime also served terms on council.) That’s really long-term.

“No offense to them, but they’re kind of set in their ways. Let’s be honest, I think they needed some new blood, and I thought, why not me?”

Learned

Both men have attended two months of meetings. What’s their impression so far?

“I’ve learned a lot. I’m learning a lot about the ins and outs of village government, a lot about the fiscal responsibility and the duties, and the service.

“There are a lot of different entities involved that I wasn’t aware of. It’s awesome to be going in-depth with them and learning the ins and outs,” Dominique said.

“There is so much more to being a council member than what I ever anticipated.

“There’s lots of different committees, there’s lot of different things, and it all goes hand-in-hand. It’s just, jump right in and start making decisions.”

Dominique said he read some books about getting involved in government, “and they say the first 90 days to sit and listen. Listen to your peers. Take advice from them. Don’t rock the boat too much out of the gate.

“That’s what I’m kind of doing right now, just trying to learn all the ins and outs.

“And it’s overwhelming. The last meeting, we got a 69- page document. That’s a lot to read.”

Nevertheless, Dominique is still glad he’s on council.

“I feel like I’m helping the community,” he said.

Open Book

Babcock said, “If there’s anything I would want the public to know about me, is I’m an open book.

“I’m a servant leader. I want to be a servant leader, through humility.

“I want to be fiscally responsible with the village’s, the taxpayers’ money, and just make great decisions based on the public’s wants and needs.”