Ricer to assume mayor’s seat in March
Woodsfield’s most recent addition to village council will become the village’s new mayor in March as Michael Ricer was approved as president of council Tuesday, Feb. 19 during Woodsfield Village Council’s regular meeting.
Ricer’s approval came moments after current Mayor Michael Cox announced former Council President Dale English’s resignation from the position during the meeting.
English cited health issues in his family as his reason for his resignation as council president.
English will remain on council for the remainder of his term, which will not expire until Dec. 31, 2021.
Ricer was the only nomination for the temporarily vacated council president seat and was approved unanimously.
Ricer will possibly be the shortest-tenured council president. In March, he will assume the position of mayor, replacing Cox, who offered his resignation during the Feb. 4 meeting.
Ricer will fill the remainder of Cox’s term, which will expire at the end of the year. He was appointed to council in July, replacing Lida Conn, who resigned from her seat in May.
Ricer said there were times when he and Cox didn’t get agree on how to handle village matters, but they were able to work together for the best of the village.
Ricer pledged to make Cox proud when he assumes the mayor’s position March 1.
Council will now need to fill Ricer’s vacant seat. Council will post a notice for the position at some point in the near future. Ricer’s council term is also set to expire at the end of the year.