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Perrysburg swears in new mayor, Mike Olmstead

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    Perrysburg Mayor Mike Olmstead speaks after being sworn in to office.

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    Perrysburg Mayor Mike Olmstead takes the oath of office Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at the Municipal Building in Perrysburg.

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Perrysburg Mayor Mike Olmstead takes the oath of office Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at the Municipal Building in Perrysburg.

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Mike Olmstead was sworn in as Perrysburg's new mayor at 2:45 p.m. today, and - within an hour - was officiating a wedding ceremony at the Perrysburg Municipal Building.

Perrysburg's Tony Ruth and Monica Cuevas were married by Mr. Olmstead.

It was Mr. Olmstead's first act as mayor.

"What an honor. I've know Tony for a while and his lovely wife," Mr. Olmstead said.

The couple had a 2008 religious wedding in South America, but wanted a ceremony in the United States.

When they inquired Tuesday morning about how such arrangements could be made, plans were made to have the new mayor do it immediately after he was sworn in.

Mayor Olmstead, 49, is president of Performance of Pain Physical Therapy in Perrysburg.

He has three children and is beginning a four-year term that pays $28,000 in 2014. 

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Perrysburg Mayor Mike Olmstead speaks after being sworn in to office.

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Several supporters spoke during the ceremony in which the oath of office was administered, including Ohio Sen. Randy Gardner (R., Bowling Green) and outgoing Perrysburg Mayor Nelson Evans.

"He has the private sector experience to help relate with the people," Mr. Gardner said. "I look forward working with you to give people a fair shake."

Mr. Evans said his successor will "be surprised with the amount of information and things that come into the office day to day.

"I think he'll be good with his eight years of experience on council. He knows and understands the role the mayor is to the council," Mr. Evans said.

Mr. Olmstead said he wants to take his first 30 days in office to acquaint himself to the job. 

One of his first priorities is learning more about Costco's plan to open a store open in Perrysburg.

"That is very big," he said. "Costco is a great project and has a lot of good paying jobs. We'll want to work with them."

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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