Mayor Doug Mullenhour
Mayor Doug Mullenhour
DELPHOS — On Thursday, Doug Mullenhour sat in his office at the city building in the mayor’s seat for the first time — something Mullenhour’s been waiting on for nearly two years.

Mullenhour had submitted his resume when Mike Gallmeier resigned in Spring 2017, ran for the two-year seat in 2017 and in November, won the seat. He said his passion for the position has not wavered.

“I want to give back to this community,” Mullenhour said. “I’m a people person. I communicate well and I care about what happens here and can work with anyone.”

Mullenhour said he is ready to roll up his sleeves.

“First I’ll be learning the ropes, getting to know everybody, finding out the operations and who the movers and shakers are,” Mullenhour said.

The retired factory worker said the city has big projects and a request from taxpayers coming up.

“As a city we always need to secure our financial base and we’ve got an income tax renewal to pass for the Parks and Rec Department in a few months,” he said. “We also need to get our projects lined up and get to work. We’ve got Fifth Street to get started and South Main Street in a year or so, so we’ve got some challenges ahead of us.”

Mullenhour said the Fifth Street will be good for the city.

“We need things fixed and I think it’s a very good way to get our main thoroughfare fixed and the safety study shows that this will be an effective way to increase safety on Fifth Street. I think it will be a good thing for the city,” he said. “The safety features of a road diet and the bike lanes have brought in a lot of money for the project so the city doesn’t have to bear the entire cost.”

Infrastructure is also in the forefront.

“There are definitely some things that need addressed,” Mullenhour said. “We have some sewer issues, we have some street issues, we have a water tower that needs addressed. So, we have some infrastructure problems but our budget is starting to gain some extra monies for these projects coming up and we have to address them. We owe it to the business owners and the residents to give them the best service we can give them.”

Mullenhour is retired from Joint Systems Manufacturing Center and served on the Delphos Civil Service Board. He and his wife, Mary Jane, attend St. John’s Church, where he sings in the men’s and adult choirs. They have three children: Theresa, Kenning and Melissa; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is a lifetime member of the VFW and a 32-year member of the Delphos Eagles. He volunteers for the Suicide Awareness Walk and the Allen County MRDD’s annual Chicken Barbecue.