Dane Allard is pictured at his first city council meeting. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
Dane Allard is pictured at his first city council meeting. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)

Council-at-large member Dane Allard is resigning from Hillsboro city council, effective as of the Jan. 11, 2021 meeting.

Allard has submitted a letter of resignation to council president Tom Eichinger, which will be addressed at the start of Monday night’s council meeting.

Allard told The Highland County Press it was a “hard decision,” but due to recent health concerns, he felt it was best to resign.

“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to serve our community,” Allard said. “I grew up here. I love Hillsboro. That's why I was honored by the opportunity to join city council.

“The recent administration has taken huge strides in the right direction, and I think that Hillsboro's going to thrive in the coming years. I really wanted to be a part of it, but recent health setbacks have forced me to reconsider and allocate my time to my family. I'm just not able to do it anymore.”

Allard, who was formerly a member of the Hillsboro planning commission, was sworn in as a Hillsboro city council member in January 2020. He replaced former council member Justin Harsha, who was elected mayor in November 2019 and took office last January.

During his term on city council, Allard served as the chair of the utilities and civil service-employee relations committees and as a member of the street and safety and finance committees.

Allard thanked his fellow council members, especially Eichinger, Mary Stanforth and Adam Wilkin; Harsha; safety and service director Brianne Abbott; council clerk Kimberly Newman; and auditor Alex Butler for their guidance over his tenure as councilman. He also thanked former mayor Drew Hastings, who originally appointed him to the Hillsboro Planning Commission and “gave me my start” in city government.

“I really am appreciative of everything everyone’s done to help me,” he said.

Highland County Republican Party executive chair Paulette Donley thanked Allard for his service to the city of Hillsboro.

“I’m very pleased with his service to the city and feel badly that he has to resign at this time,” Donley said. “However, we’ll be looking forward to him returning someday in the future. We thank him for the service to the city.”

Donley added that Hillsboro’s representatives on the central committee — Tracy Aranyos, Herb Day, Dick Donley, Jan Vosper and Charlie Walker — will be meeting soon to select Allard’s replacement. She invited any interested candidates to inform the committee. Resumés may be sent to P.O. Box 616, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133.

Allard’s term is set to expire at the end of the year, as city council members will appear on the November 2021 ballot.

“Whoever signs up should be ready to go with their campaigns, too,” Donley said.