MISHAWAKA -- John Roggeman became the city council's president for 2012
on Tuesday, saying he wants to ensure everyone is communicating on the
newly sworn-in council.
Voters elected three new members to the council last fall, cutting the
Democrats' majority from 7-2 to 5-4.
Roggeman, D-at large, said he aims to keep communication going between
Democrats and Republicans and with Republican Mayor Dave Wood.
"This is going to be a four-year group together," Roggeman said,
referring to the length of terms. "By working together, we'll be able
to move forward."
He now begins his third term on the Mishawaka Common Council. He'd
also served as council president in 2008. Roggeman works as director
of employee relations for the South Bend Community School Corp.
At just 19 minutes, Tuesday's meeting was the first of the year for
the council, where it selected officers and made appointments -- all of
Afterwards, new member Matt Mammolenti, D-at large, said he hopes to
"see some of the seats (in the audience) filled with citizens,"
echoing his concern from the campaign that too few citizens are