Village of North Perry Mayor Ed Klco to retire at the end of July – News-Herald

Ed Klco will end his long tenure in North Perry Village government a little earlier than expected.

Klco, who served as mayor of the village for 14½ years, announced he would retire on July 31.

He will leave 17 months before the end of his current four-year term.

Before being elected as the community’s first leader, he held a seat on the village council for six years.

“It’s time to move on,” Klco said. “I want to enjoy my grandchildren and enjoy the rest of my life.”

Klco, who is 73, revealed his retirement plans in a May 12 email to village council members.

“Effective July 31, I will be retiring as mayor of North Perry Village,” he wrote. “I will continue to do my homework to the best of my ability until then.”

Being mayor became more difficult for Klco in early May after he underwent ankle surgery. He said his doctor ordered him not to put any weight on his surgically repaired ankle for 10 weeks.

“I’m doing all the work a mayor is supposed to do in my job, I’m just doing it at home right now,” he said.

In addition to tracking emails and phone calls, Klco said city hall staff bring checks and other documents to his home for signing.

Klco had surgery a day before the last regular village council meeting on May 5, so council chairman Brian Titus served as acting mayor for that meeting. In a May 18 email exchange with The News-Herald, Titus said he was “somewhat surprised” by Klco’s decision to retire.

“The mayor has not discussed with me the exact reason for his retirement, but I sensed in him the desire to visit and spend more time with his family out of state,” he said. writing.

Additionally, Titus wrote that whatever Klco’s reasons, he should be commended for devoting 20½ years to the government of North Perry Village.

“I hope he finds happiness and success in whatever lies ahead,” he wrote.

Under Ohio’s revised code, when a village mayor leaves before the end of his term, the president of the community council becomes mayor.

As Titus is in the front line to take over from Klco on August 1, he wrote that he wants to discuss the role of mayor with his family and decide if it’s something he wants to take on at this time.

Klco’s current four-year term as mayor expires in December 2023. Anyone wishing to serve a full four-year term as the next mayor of North Perry will need to stand in the November 2023 general election.

As Klco nears retirement, he looks back and says he feels blessed to have served 14½ years as mayor of North Perry Village.

“I tried to help the residents as best I could,” he says. “It was a great race.”

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