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SWEAR-INS: Reflection, changing of guard for city

January 3, 2012

Columbia City’s elected officials had their official swearing-in ceremony at the Whitley County Courthouse Sunday. Front row, from left: Mayor Ryan Daniel, Councilman Bill Simpson, Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle, Councilwoman Nicole Penrod, Councilwoman Jacie Worrick. Back Row: Councilman Ben Romine, Judge James Heuer, Councilman Dan Weigold and Board of Works member Walt Crowder.

COLUMBIA CITY — As the final common council meeting of 2011 wound down, former Mayor Jim Fleck and several council members took the opportunity to reflect on their terms.
Fleck talked about the work public officials do aside from attending regular meetings. He said they take a lot of calls and have to deal with a lot of disagreements.
“There is a lot of homework and a lot of preparation that goes into the decisions that are made,” Fleck said.
Fleck said that running a city takes hundreds of people, and the end result is Columbia City is a great community.
On his own time as Mayor, Fleck said simply, “It’s been a blast.”
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