June 11, 2009
Dear Mr. Dendinger,
It is with a strong sense of optimism for Toledo's future that I tender my
resignation as President and an At-Large member of Toledo City Council.
This resignation takes effect following the City Council meeting on June 23.
During my three-and-a-half-years on City Council, I have sought to be a
voice for labor and to bring about a successful blending of the needs of my
fellow union brothers and sisters with the needs and wants of the city's
residents. I hope time will show this approach has been successful.
My duties on council along with my position as vice president of Teamsters
Local 20, at times, have been demanding. These dual demands have brought me
to a point where I know it is in the best interests of my union and my
family that I resign. I have worked tirelessly as a lifelong trade unionist,
and I do not want even the perception I am acting in any way to the contrary
I wish my fellow council members the very best. I have enjoyed working with
all of them, and I urge them to put aside personal differences and work for
what is best for Toledo.
Taking this action now provides a talented newcomer the opportunity to be
appointed to my seat and to learn how to meet the multiple responsibilities
that are part of a Toledo City Council member's life. My action also will
give a current council member the opportunity to lead council as president.
It is my firm belief that, despite the difficult times it faces, Toledo is a
city of the future. Once it is able to get past the current financial
problems, Toledo will move forward to re-establish itself as a leader in our
state. With the city's involvement in advanced energies and manufacturing,
its position as a transportation hub, the strides being made by The
University of Toledo and the city's other economic development partners and,
most of all, the quality of its people, I have no doubt Toledo will
I am proud to be a lifelong Toledo resident and intend to continue working
for the city's future as a private citizen and union official.
Gerry, thank you for your assistance and the counsel you have provided me in
my duties as both a Councilman and President of Council.
Keep Strong for Toledo,
Toledo City Council