Jim Wyse, Archbold mayor, has been a leader in government, in business, and in his church.
Now, another title is added to his resume: he is the 2008 Archbold Citizen of the Year.
As he does with so many things, he was quick to share the credit with others.
“This is a community team award, more than an individual award. I have the pleasure of being the team leader now,” he said in an interview last week.
He said he is humbled by the award.
“It’s an honor to serve as the mayor. This goes way beyond that,” he said.
At 47, he is possibly the youngest person to be recognized as the Citizen of the Year.
“I have a lot of work yet to do,” he said.
Wyse said he got the news Wednesday night, Oct. 1.
“Kenny Cowell called me at home, said he had something to talk about, and said he wanted to stop by.”
Cowell is an Archbold village councilman and a member of the Archbold Lions Club. He served on the Citizen of the Year selection committee.
“When one of my councilmen called and wanted to meet with me right away, I was worried.
“When I hung up, I wondered, ‘What did I do?'”
When Cowell arrived, he gave Wyse the news.
“Then he drops this on me! This came out of left field. My heart was pounding.
“I stared at him for a moment. I thought he was joking, but he looked pretty serious.
“I said, ‘Kenny, I have a lot of work to do.”
The next thing was to tell his wife, Janet.
“I made Janet come into the room and had Kenny tell her. She reacted much like I did- total shock.”
The committee that selects Citizen of the Year is made up of representatives from Lions Club, Archbold Rotary, the Archbold Ministerial Association, the Archbold Area Foundation, and the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce.
Cowell said Wyse was chosen as the Citizen of the Year for his many contributions to the community.
In the government realm, he has been president of the village economic development committee, a member of council, and is serving a second term as Archbold mayor.
As a community member, he has been an active member of Rotary, and is a past president of the organization.
Cowell said Wyse was instrumental in creating the Archbold Athletic Hall of Fame.
He has also served as a coach for Archbold Parks and Recreation activities, and has been a supporter of the Archbold Area School District.
His wife holds a seat on the school board.
Wyse also has been a past president of the St. Martin’s Lutheran Church council.
Wyse will be honored during the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, Thursday, Nov. 6.