Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, 22-year-old recent college grad Quinton Babcock was sworn in on Dec. 27 to be the new mayor of the Village of Oak Harbor. It is a job that has bounced around quite a bit over the last four months.
The tall, slim young politician replaced Don Douglas, an Oak Harbor councilman who took over the mayor’s job when former mayor Joe Helle resigned on Aug. 6 over a residency squabble. When Douglas won the Ottawa County Commissioners position on Nov. 6, another new mayor was needed.
Like all of the members now on the village council, Babcock is a Republican.
Babcock recently graduated from the University of Toledo with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, economics and disability studies. He is now among the youngest mayors to be found around Ohio.
“I’ve only been on council for a short while, and I’m just taking over the mayor’s position, so I’m not really sure what my plans for the future are,” said Babcock. He is serving the remainder of Helle’s term. The mayoral job will be on the ballot in November 2019.
Bill Eberle was appointed to fill the latest vacancy on the Oak Harbor council.