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

 

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Kristi Fickert, Council Member Third Ward

 

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Mark McKay, President of Council
 

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Kelsey Swindler, Council  Member At-Large
 

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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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