Get to Know Your City Council

Tyler Williams, Council Member At-Large

 

What is your favorite thing about the City of Wilmington? Why?

I love Wilmington’s downtown. From the wonderful shops and restaurants to the Murphy Theatre, it is a wonderful place that we should cherish and continue to improve. Whenever I take people downtown, they always have great things to say.

Why did you decide to serve on council?

I thought it was a way that I could help make my hometown a better place to live. I look around and I see so many people working towards a brighter future, and I wanted to be a part of that.

What is your proudest moment in your life?

My proudest moment was probably when the residents of Wilmington passed the 0.5% income tax, because it was so important for the city and was the point when I felt like I was really making a difference.

How would you like to be remembered as a council member?

I want to be remembered as somebody who was fiscally responsible but also made real change that made people want to move to the city. 

Bio:

I was born and raised in Wilmington and have lived here almost all of my life. I currently work as a school counselor at Wilmington High School, and graduated from The Ohio State University and then got my Master’s at the University of Arizona. I moved back from Arizona in 2015. I love listening to podcasts and reading, whether it is about science, history, or current events. I live with my wife Sara, our new son George, our dog Ellie, and our cats Pepper and Finn. 

Jonathan McKay, Council Member First Ward

 

What is your favorite thing about the City of Wilmington? Why?

I enjoy helping the people of Wilmington and knowing the legislation that I am passing will directly impact the residents and it does not come from a far away place but here in Wilmington. I also, enjoy the people I serve with.

Why did you decide to serve on council?

I decided to serve on City Council to give back to Wilmington.

What is your proudest moment in your life?

My proudest moment in my life is becoming an elected official and being asked to serve on the Wilmington College Board of Trustees. 

How would you like to be remembered as a council member?

I would like to be remembered for wanting to help Wilmington and make an impact for the better of the city and the residents that live here. 

Bio:

Jonathan is a Birthright Quaker and a lifelong resident of Clinton County. He is the Business Development Officer for Wilmington Savings Bank and has served the institution since 2016. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio Dominican University where he majored in History and minor in Political Science.  Jonathan is also very active in Wilmington;  Trustee of Wilmington Friends Meeting, Member of the Antique Power Club, ex officio member of the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission, 8 year member of the Wilmington Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a past president of the board , Wilmington College Board of Trustee member, Member of the Ohio Dominican University Alumni Council and a member of the Clinton County Homeless Shelter Board of Directors.  In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys working with his antique tractor collection and spending time outside.

Kristi Fickert, Council Member Third Ward

 

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Mark McKay, President of Council
 

What is your favorite thing about the City of Wilmington? Why?

The diversity of things to do and see. We have everything from a great theatre celebrating its 100th birthday this year to numerous eating and shopping opportunities. Our downtown is in a revitalization stage that will continue to attract new entrepreneurs wanting to locate in an area that is supportive of niche businesses.

Why did you decide to serve on council?

I have always been a person that enjoyed serving with groups that try to improve the quality of life of the citizens. When the opportunity to serve on City Council was suggested to me, it just seemed like the next logical step to take to make a positive impact on the city I love.

What is your proudest moment in your life?

 Probably three. The birth of my two children who have become successful adults  and my 50th celebration of marriage to my wife, Tammy.

How would you like to be remembered as a council member?

As someone who always tried to do the right thing for the City. As someone who made a difference.

Bio:

My wife Tammy Berlin and I were High School sweethearts, both graduating from Wilmington High School in the Class of 1965. We enjoyed 50 years of marriage before her passing in 2017.

I have two married daughters,Tracy Maguire and Kristin Burke, two grandchildren, Archer who is 17 and Lexi who is 11. 

I graduated from The Ohio State University  in 1970 and have a career that has included everything from banking, to RV sales, to my current job selling commercial Office Supplies, and Furniture.

I grew up on a farm near Melvin and always will have a special place in my heart for that life.

Kelsey Swindler, Council  Member At-Large
 

What is your favorite thing about the City of Wilmington? Why?

My favorite thing about Wilmington is its steadfastness. We’ve been through a lot, but there’s an abiding sense that we’ll overcome new obstacles, just like we’ve overcome previous ones, and there’s a commitment to and enthusiasm for new ideas. 

Why did you decide to serve on council?

I serve on council because I believe in Wilmington, and I want to be at the table as we determine where we go from here. It’s not just the city that raised and educated me, it’s the city that showed me opportunity, the city where my husband and I met, purchased our first home, and built our life together. Like my friends, family, and neighbors, I have a lot at stake in Wilmington’s future. I believe in the importance of stepping up – my parents and grandparents set an example of civic engagement and personal responsibility, and that drives me on council, at work, and in every arena of my life. 

What is your proudest moment in your life?

I think my proudest moment to date was the moment I stepped off the stage my senior year of college, after addressing the incoming freshman class and their parents, a crowd of 1000 or so people. I was absolutely terrified – I spent the twenty minutes I sat on stage before delivering my address talking myself down from a full-fledged panic attack – and I not only made it through, but I really enjoyed it. It was the first time I felt truly confident speaking in public and the first time I felt that rush of adrenaline when you connect with an audience (I had never been one for stages growing up, and preferred comfortable, out-of-sight performances, like playing in the pit orchestra). It gave me the confidence to push out of my comfort zone and taught me just how fulfilling it is to try for something just beyond my reach.

How would you like to be remembered as a council member?

I hope I’m remembered as someone with conscience, who always strove to be as transparent and proactive as possible, someone committed to doing the right things for the right reasons.

Bio:

Kelsey is a native of Wilmington, Ohio. Her family owns Swindler and Sons Florists, a florist and greenhouse that has operated in Wilmington for over ninety-five years. She worked in the family business while attending Wilmington City Schools, and graduated in 2008 from Wilmington High School. 

Kelsey received a full-tuition scholarship to Wittenberg University and went on to study English Literature. She returned home in 2009 to intern with Energize Clinton County (ECC) and to work with then Mayor David Raizk. She worked alongside ECC and the city administration to create the framework for a sustainable program that could bring young adults back to Clinton County for unique and skills-focused fellowships. This became the Clinton Community Fellows program, and Kelsey was accepted as a fellow in the summer of 2010 in its inaugural class. She spent the summers of 2010 and 2011 in the fellows program, working within local businesses and nonprofits on creative and far-reaching projects. 

Following her graduation from Wittenberg University in 2012, Kelsey returned to Wilmington to work for Orange Frazer Press, an independent book publishing company, where she lead publicity, marketing, and business development. She now works as Director of Marketing and Physician Recruitment at Clinton Memorial Hospital and is serving her second term as an at-large member of Wilmington City Council. She serves on boards for HealthFirst and Clinton County Trails Coalition, and is an elected member of the Democratic Central Committee in Clinton County. 

Her husband, Eric Guindon, is the Executive Director of Clinton County Youth Council and two-time professional athlete (Disc Golf and Ultimate Frisbee). They live on South South St. with their two dogs, Arlo and Emmylou, and they’re expecting their first child in October. 

Mike Allbright, Council Member Second Ward
 

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Bill Liermann, Council Member At-Large
 

What is your favorite thing about the City of Wilmington? Why?

Favorite thing about Wilmington is our small town atmosphere. Despite our challenges we have been able to rebound from the DHL closure in 2009. We have good schools plus Wilmington College and Southern State Community College campus all right here.

Why did you decide to serve on council?

I am serving on City Council because I believe in giving back to the community, and want to make a difference. I believe in accountability and spending taxpayers’ money wisely. We need to provide essential services and maintain our pledge to pave the streets. Quality of life is a major goal of mine. We have a wonderful park system, and as Chair person of the Parks Committee, I take great pride in what we presently have, and look forward to the renovations of the newly-designed Castle Park. Our safety forces are second to none. Providing adequate staffing levels for police and fire are goals of mine.

What is your proudest moment in your life?

As a previous member of city council (1985-1993), one of my proudest moments was the opening of the new City Hall, building back in 1992.

How would you like to be remembered as a council member?

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Bio:

Many people know of me by my voice, formerly with the local radio stations WKFI-am and WSW0-fm.  It was a personal disappointment for me when our stations were sold, and I closed my radio career out in June 2003.  Today, you can hear me as the PA announcer for Wilmington College football and basketball games, and of Hurricane football games. Since the stations closed, I have been employed in the automotive business. Currently, I am service manager for Jerry Haag Motors located in Hillsboro, Ohio.

I have been married since 1981 to Deanna Pierce Liermann (WHS 1979 graduate) and we have two sons. Steve (2000 grad WHS) residing in Las Vegas, and Scott (2013 WHS grad) who lives in Westerville, Ohio.

Little known fact: I was part of the Ohio Farmers Union in Washington, DC when our country was devastated by the events of 9/11/2001. Our group was in the Nations’ Capital, seeking better trade policies, in the office of then-US Congressman Mike Pence (Current Vice-President) when the second plane hit the tower and we were told to evacuate. It was an experience I will never forget. 

Something I enjoy doing is serving as a Lector for St. Columbkille Catholic Church, for the 11 am Mass, providing scripture readings, and I am scorekeeper for the Wilmington High School boys basketball team, following my son Scott, when he graduated from WHS and went to Capital University. My favorite colors depend upon the event you will see me at: Green for Wilmington College games and black and orange for WHS Hurricane events.

Matt Purkey, Council Member Fourth Ward
 

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