News that Delphos Mayor Michael Gallmeier had submitted a letter of resignation from a position he had held for nearly 10 years this morning was one of the more difficult stories I have had to do in my more than 40 year career.
Citing health reasons, the Mayor who’s been receiving treatment for cancer diagnosed this past spring, thanked his staff and spoke of the position he had held as one that he had loved and expressed pride in the community and the people who live and work here.
During the 10 years I spent as Delphos city council president, I had the privilege of working with Mike during his time as a council at large representative and after his election to the Mayoral position.
We didn’t always agree, but when we didn’t, the discussions were always respectful and thoughtful.
Mike is one of few politicians I’ve worked with who was the same person in private that he was publicly representing the city.
He’s seldom been anything but upbeat and embraced his roll as a leader.
What many people don’t know is that he organized, and spear-headed multiple free quarterly food distributions in the city after he saw a need that wasn’t being met.
A speech he delivered from a wheelchair at the most recent “Relay For Life” event in Delphos was among the more courageous things I’ve witnessed.
I know that I join everyone in the community and area in wishing for Mike only the best as he fights a battle with cancer that is unfortunately no stranger to many of us.
Delphos is truly a better place because of Mike Gallmeier’s nearly 18 years in public service, brought to a premature end due to his resignation.
That’s the way I see it.