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Rick Rettig, Jim Matuszak, and Barry VanHoozen, in order, being sworn into the Perrysburg city council by new Perrysburg Mayor Mike Olmstead.

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Perrysburg's new mayor swore in three new council members today at the city's first council meeting of the year.

Jim Matuszak, Rick Rettig, and Barry VanHoozen were all sworn in by the new mayor, Mike Olmstead, a former council member. Councilman John Kevern was elected council president.

"I want to welcome the new mayor and council members," he said during the meeting. "I'm confident you will serve the public well. Thank you for the vote of confidence as the council president. I will try to fix what is broken, not try to fix what isn't broken."

Mr. Matuszak, Mr. Rettig, and Mr. VanHoozen all had their first meeting, they were elected for the first time in November. They are filling Mayor Olmstead's vacant seat, and replacing former council president Joe Lawless, and Sara Weisenburger.

The meeting was held during a Level 3 snow emergency posted throughout Wood County. The city needed to conduct the city council meeting to abide by the city's charter and add the three new members and president to council.

City Administrator Bridgette Kabat said with the expectation that the Level 3 will be reduced to a Level 2 by midnight, the city should be working in full force. 

"The troops are out there plowing and they have been on the job since Sunday," she said. "The big thing we have to tackle is ice. We will start putting salt down tomorrow."

In its first move, the elected council approved a new position, deputy director of public service. Currently there are two superintendent positions directly under Jon Eckel, the director of public services. This position would make the chain of command the director, then deputy director, followed by a manager, instead of the two superintendent positions.

There will likely be internal reshuffling, but the position opening will be posted, city officials said.

Ms. Kabat said this will streamline the process for and help employees know who to go to when Mr. Eckel isn't working. The position's annual salary range is between $70,730 and $88,800.

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

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