Tiffin City Council President
Candidate Rich Cline said his experience in Tiffin City Council makes him the best selection for council president.
Cline has been the 4th Ward representative for six years. During that time, he has been chairman of several committees, including his current position as head of the Streets, Sidewalks and Sewers committee.
He also has served as marketing director at an assisted living home and marketing director for a pet food distributor. He currently is purchasing director at Laminate Technologies Inc.
He said he would bring his experience on Tiffin City Council to the role of council president.
“(It) is of tantamount importance,” he said. “It’s important for a council president to know the ins and outs of how council works, and how city government works, so that he can best guide the discussions.”
He also said he is good at building relationships and finding commonalities between people.
“That is a huge part of what council president does,” he said. “He builds consensus to try to move the city forward on legislative items.”
He said that if elected, he would like to focus on continuing economic development.
“I feel that the city council we have now is very economic development-minded,” he said. “We’re certainly always looking for new ways and ideas to promote economic development, to promote job creation, to promote downtown revitalization.”
Cline also wants additional capital improvements such as street repairs, improvements to the parks system and maintaining the safety services.
“Tiffin being a safe community is what sets Tiffin apart from other communities in northwest Ohio. It’s a great place to live and a great place to raise a family,” he said. “We just can’t lose sight of that. We can’t lose sight of the fact that our police department is one of the major preservers of the community that we have.”
He also said that due to the state taking away local government funding, he wanted to use the $2 million budget carry-over responsibly.
“We’re not going to be able to maintain a carry-over for very many years,” he said.
Cline said projects such as improving the city’s infrastructure would not create a long-term expenditure for the city and would be good use of the carry-over.
“Just because we have money now doesn’t mean we’re going to have money down the road,” he said. “I would be very cautious about adding any new positions. I think we’ve done a tremendous job of maintaining adequate service levels while decreasing staffing over the past five years.”
Cline said this race is different for him than elections in the past because he has never run citywide.
“It’s definitely exposing me to voters across the city, which has been tremendous so far,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of great feedback in talking with voters.”
Tiffin City Council President
By Brittany Cook
Candidate Mark Pardi said his experience in leadership would benefit the city if he is elected Tiffin City Council president.
Pardi has spent eight years as vice chairman of Positivity, a non-profit company that creates jobs for people with disabilities.
He also served for more than 29 years in the U.S. military, working mostly in security. In addition, Pardi has worked in various manufacturing businesses and has held management and administrative positions in operations and production manufacturing for 20 years.
Pardi said he would bring integrity, honor and courage to the position of council president.
“I’ve always believed that integrity is No. 1,” he said. “Being honorable and always having the courage to do the right thing.”
He said being honorable includes treating everyone equally no matter an individual’s race, party affiliation or differences.
“There’s no substitution for being honest all the time,” he said. “If you’re wrong, say you’re wrong. If you’re right, you don’t have to say you’re right, people know it.”
Pardi said that if elected, he wanted to speak with Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. and Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services to get a list of 20 businesses and companies that would be interested in coming to Tiffin. He suggested SIEDC and the chamber speak to the top three, and then he would go out and pursue their business himself.
“In my 20-plus years of manufacturing, I’ve worked every aspect of manufacturing. I can help recruit,” he said.
He also said economic development would increase tax revenue for Tiffin.
Pardi also wanted to focus on sustaining what Tiffin already has, including parks and the Tiffin Seneca Heritage Festival.
With the projected $2 million budget carryover, Pardi wants to focus on the city’s safety and security. He said city workers need a pay increase.
“Nobody should have to go six, seven years without a pay increase,” he said.
He also wants to use the funds to improve infrastructure and beautify the city.
Pardi said his strong faith has led him to serve people, and brought him to this position. He said with his work in manufacturing, the military, and raising a family, he is prepared to understand what people need.
He also said the council president did not have a vote, nor did the position hold much power. Instead, the position was about leadership.
“First and foremost, I want to be a great leader for the people,” he said.