GREENVILLE — Republican precinct chairs in Greenville have selected John Hensley to fill an empty Greenville City Council seat.
Hensley took his oath of office Monday in Darke County Municipal Court, with Judge Julie L. Monnin administering the oath.
Hensley replaces former Councilman Steve Willman, who was first elected to council in November, but was then named Greenville Mayor in September following the departure of the city’s previous mayor Mike Bowers for another position.
Two other candidates, John Baumgardner and Jeff Whitaker, were also considered for the council position.
Hensley is currently the chairman of the Greenville Civil Service Commission, a position he’s held since 2005. He has also been a member of the Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission since 2008.
A former police officer, Hensley retired from the Greenville Police Department 2002 with the rank of lieutenant.
Hensley has served as executive director of Darke County Fuller Center for Housing (formerly Darke County Habitat for Humanity) since 2006. He has built eight new homes in Greenville during his time with that organization. He is a trustee at Grace Resurrection Ministry. He has been a member of the Elks Lodge Greenville for 33 years, and a Mason, Scottish Rite, Shriner for 32 years.
He received administration training at Northwestern University in 1991, supervision training from Northwestern in 1989, police training at the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy in 1981, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University.
Greg Zechar will replace Hensley as chairman of the Greenville Civil Service Commission.
Hensley was enthusiastic about attending his first Greenville City Council meeting Tuesday night and expressed his thanks to those who selected him.
“I really want to thank the precinct heads who voted for me for this position,” he said. “I’m going to try to do the best job I can do, and dedicate the time needed to do it.”
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