ARCANUM - Judy Foureman is enjoying her term as mayor of Arcanum, a position her husband, the late Larry Foureman, held for quite a few years.
“I was elected in May 2012,” she said. “There were four candidates and I got 42 percent of the votes. Honestly, I never thought I’d be elected. Me, a transplant? I was just elated to be elected.”
She is not a stranger to the workings of a city government, and she was qualified for the position.
The transplantee, who is a Miami County native, had worked for the probate court in Miami County for six years and, from there, was asked to assume a position in the Miami County commissioner’s office, which she held for 24 years. During the latter, she served as clerk/personnel/human resources.
“I started the purchasing department,” she said. “Then, I became the administrative assistant and, the last two years, was the administrator. I retired in 1997.”
After that, she went to work for the Miami County Municipal Court for two years as an administrator and county clerk, a temporary position that was set up to see if it was needed. It was. And, she retired.
“I was on Arcanum Council for two years, 2010-11,” she said. “I wanted to get involved in the community and meet the people here. By working in Troy I didn’t get to know these people. Through my experiences, I felt I could do this.”
Larry passed a year later in January 21013.
“I miss him,” she said. “We had a camaraderie.”
They had met at a commissioner’s conference, and went together three years. They were married for 30 years.
Her accomplishments as mayor, she feels, are the pride in the community now; the improvement in communication; and the newsletters she writes every month that goes out with the utility bills with information to residents on what’s going on in the village.
“And, I’m so pleased to get South Main Street on its way to being done. It is a total reconstruction,” she said.
As mayor, she attends all committee meetings and county mayor’s association and Arcanum Rescue meetings. She is president of the Arcanum Business Association, which makes her the first chairman for the town’s festival, Old Fashion Days.
Foureman is still the clerk for the U.S. Trotting Association for five county fairs, including Darke.
“Actually, I have over 11 fairs,” she said.
How did she get that job?
“Through Larry,” she replied. “He was on the Darke County Fair Board and said they needed someone who could take stress and handle money. And from there it, snowballed.”
She was involved with husband Larry in the National Kiddie Tractor Pull, and they also had a concession stand, selling B&J Root Beer.
How does she juggle her time?
“I’m a planner and more hands-on,” she said. “If my appointment books would get lost, I’d have to retire. I like to be busy and active and at this point my health is excellent.”
She spends 50 percent of her time in the mayor’s office due to having a part-time administrator, Bill Sinnes, a retired colonel with the U.S. Air Force.
The 1957 Troy High School graduate was a stay-at-home mom, before she went to work. She has two children, Matthew Louverback and Michele Black with three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She also has two stepchildren, Mark Foureman and Lynn Reinholn, four stepchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild.
In her spare time, the former Judith Rogers likes to quilt and read.