Walbridge picks council member
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Thursday, 23 May 2013 09:07
WALBRIDGE - The village's new councilwoman, who is a single mom of twin 8-year-old girls and runs three home-based businesses, can't wait to jump into her new job.
"I love a stressful atmosphere. I love to be thrown in the middle of something. I love to be a leader," said Lauren LaRoe, who was selected at a special council meeting on Tuesday.
She moved to the village two and a half years ago after spending most of her life in Maumee. The 27-year-old said she had gone through a divorce and was looking for a fresh start. She found it in Walbridge.
"I love it. I love the small town, the neighborly atmosphere and a community that works together."
LaRoe is replacing Nathan Eikost, who resigned earlier this month. He said in a letter that he has been hired as a Rossford police officer, and he is also is a Lake Township dispatcher. LaRoe will take Eikost's place as chairman of the business and economic development committee.
"My biggest goal is to create jobs, bring businesses to the village of Walbridge, and create revenue," she said.
LaRoe plans on meeting with Mayor Ed Kolanko to generate ideas, and visiting other towns with successful businesses and speaking with their leaders.
Her three businesses are Mary Kay, It Works! Global and Herbal Life.
She urged residents to contact her via if they have comments, questions or complaints. Her e-mail is
Two other candidates applied for the council position.
Kathy Heldt lost a bid for a second term on council in 2011; one of her opponents was Eikost.
Larry Boday has lived in the village for 57 years and is running for a council seat in the November election.
There were five applicants, including Boday, in January when two council seats had to be filled.
Council president Jan Sawaya said all three candidates had good interviews.
"I think it was a difficult decision for all of us," she said of selecting LaRoe. "But we like her freshness, her new ideas that she could bring to council."
Councilman Fred Sloyer said LaRoe had an impressive resume and should fit right in as head of the business and economic development committee.
"She's going to bring some new perspective to council," Sloyer said. "She's a younger business owner who wants to bring some fresh ideas in. ... She seems like she really wants to get things going."