KPC NEWS SERVICE
HUNTERTOWN — The Northwest News lost its editor Jan. 7, when he was named Huntertown clerk-treasurer by three votes in a caucus held at Allen County Republican Party headquarters in downtown Fort Wayne.
Ryan Schwab will complete the remaining two years of the four-year term vacated by Cathy Mittendorf. She recently submitted her resignation due to personal reasons.
Ronald Williams, executive director of the Allen County Republican Party, served as proxy for Chairman Steve Shine who was in Indianapolis representing the county at the gubernatorial inauguration ceremonies.
Each of the applicants was given three minutes to make statements. Following the speeches, the four eligible voters cast ballots and chose Schwab over Pat Freck, who has served six years on the Huntertown Town Council and has been involved in the Allen County Republican Party as an elected and appointed official.
Schwab grew up in Auburn, graduated from DeKalb High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in telecommunications from Ball State University in 2003. He began his newspaper career as sports editor of Northwest News following graduation from BSU and was named editor in 2005.
“I’ve covered a lot of ball games, written a lot of stories and met a lot of really great people over the years,” Schwab said.
Schwab threw his hat in the ring because he has “always believed that it’s important to be an asset to the community and not just a resident.”
“A lot of people supported and encouraged me to seek the position,” he said. “Granted, there will be a lot of learning to be done at first, but I feel that I can provide a positive impact on the community.”
Schwab is the fifth person to hold the position in the last six years. He said he will work to create stability in the office.