Mike Long elected Kosciusko County Council president, will take reins in February

Kosciusko County Council President Mike Long (R) is pictured in this file photo alongside county council member Dave Wolkins. Long has come out strongly against the idea of forming a airport authority with the city. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.
By Dan Spalding
News Now Warsaw

WARSAW — Kosciusko County Council elected a new president for the new year, but he was a bit reluctant to take the reigns.

Council members Mike Long and Joni Truex were both nominated to serve as president, and Long prevailed in a 4-3 vote.

Council newcomers Dave Wolkins nominated Long and Tony Ciriello seconded the idea. Others supporting the proposal were Kathy Groninger and Long.

Sue Ann Mitchell, who served as president last year, was ready to vacate the seat following the election of officers so that Long could take over control of the meeting.

But Long, apparently not ready to take over, balked and asked Mitchell to run Thursday’s meeting.

“I know that’s highly unusual,” Long said.

The request seemed to catch some people off guard and drew a few laughs

Mitchell agreed to run the meeting, and jokingly quipped, “Are you sure you want to be president?”

Kathy Groninger was elected to serve as vice president for 2023.