October 28, 2016

AuGres City Council selects mayor and mayor pro tem

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com


AuGRES — The AuGres City Council selected the city’s mayor and mayor pro tem at a special meeting Tuesday, May 10.

LaVern Dittenber was selected unanimously as mayor for the 22nd consecutive year, while Robert Woolever was selected as the new mayor pro tem, replacing Tom Ennes who has been the mayor pro tem for 12 years. Ennes was recently reelected to the council.

Dittenber said he has been a member of the council since the 1960s.

“I have enjoyed my time on the council,” he said. “When I started, the mayor was a position that was selected by the people.”

Dittenber said the election process for the position changed sometime between 1975 and 1980, adding that the council nominated the mayor every year.

City Manager Patricia Killingbeck said Dittenber has been a dedicated member of AuGres for years.

“He is very supportive of the city,” she said.

Born and raised just outside of the AuGres city limits, Dittenber said he is proud to be a resident of the area.

“My family had a business here back in the 1940s,” he said. “I graduated high school in this area and taught at Arenac Eastern.”

Dittember said he has a list of duties to perform as mayor.

“I have to go to a number of meetings and I also marry people,” he said. “There are a number of things a mayor has to do.”

Dittember said he has enjoyed working with the city council over the years.

“This council has the best interest of the city as a whole,” he said.

At the meeting Ennes and Clifford Warr were each took their oath of office for their two-year council member terms.

Both men were elected during the May 3 election.


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