Martins Ferry Mayor Paul Riethmiller announced this week that he will not seek another term as mayor.
In a statement, Riethmiller said,” After much thought and consideration, I have decided due to health and personal reasons, that I will not be seeking another term as mayor. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving two terms as a city councilman and one term as mayor, but after 8 years of serving this great city, the time has come for me to move on. I will always be grateful for the support of our great citizens, who elected me three
straight times and allowed me the opportunity to serve my hometown. I would like to personally thank my entire administration and all of the city councilmen that have supported me over the years because it has been an honor to serve with such a dedicated staff and council. I decided that now was the time to make this announcement, so it that it would fair to anyone who has any interest in this position, or elsewhere within the city to begin making their plans for the future.
I promise to continue working with the same pride and enthusiasm over the final year of my term as I have for the first seven years. I have always served this city by making decisions that I felt were in the best interests of our citizens and our entire community and I will continue to do so as we set the table for the next administration. Although we have not accomplished every goal that we have set forth during my time in office it sure isn’t because of a lack of effort. I have poured my heart and soul into this community over the past eight years and I will always consider it an honor and privilege to work and serve with all of you. Thank you to our great citizens for allowing me the opportunity to represent our great city of Martins Ferry, Ohio and I truly enjoyed serving you with pride and passion during the past eight years as your councilman and mayor.”