BLUFFTON — Barely a year into his job as mayor, Dennis Gallant announced this week he is stepping down to take a job in Sandusky in his profession.
Gallant, an accountant by trade, will be leaving sometime this year. He was appointed in March 2013 after the village’s previous mayor, Eric Fulcomer, stepped down to take a job in Rockford, Ill., as vice president of enrollment at Rockford College.
Before his appointment, Gallant, served on Village Council for the past 12 years. He was elected in November to fill Fulcomer’s term that expires next year.
“It was just an offer that came my way so we decided to make the move,” he said.
The 41-year-old Gallant is a lifelong Bluffton resident. He decided after consulting with his family. The move likely will be in the summer, he said, giving his children the chance to finish this school year.
Council President Mitch Kingsley will take over as mayor.
Gallant said he is proud of his record while in office as mayor and on the council.
“I would like to think, especially considering the time on council and the most recent down turn in the economy, being fiscally responsible and helping guide the village through it,” he said. “I hope the village is in a better place than when I first took office.”