Branden Roeder Resigning As Rising Sun Mayor May 12
By Mike Perleberg
(Rising Sun, Ind.) – Rising Sun’s mayor is resigning as he prepares to become the leader of the local school district.
Branden Roeder submitted his letter of resignation to city council on Thursday, April 3. In it, he stated that he will leave the mayor’s office on May 12.
Roeder, who is a 3rd grade teacher at Rising Sun-Ohio County Schools, was chosen as the new superintendent of the school district on March 11. He will take over for retiring superintendent Steve Patz on July 1.
The law does not prevent Roeder from holding both leadership positions at once.
“I could have done both jobs adequately, but I wouldn’t get to see my family,” he said. “I have to have time for my wife (Tara) and two kids (two-year-old Marlayna and four-month-old Joseph).”
The 31-year-old said he chose to resign on May 12 so that he could enjoy his final four weeks of teaching in the classroom and so that the Ohio County Republican party could have time to decide on a replacement.
A Republican caucus with five voting members will meet on April 26 to choose the person to fill out the remainder of Roeder’s mayoral term, which runs through 2015.
“I appreciate the voters choosing me and all the people I’ve gotten to work with,” he said of his time as the city’s executive office holder.
Among the achievements he views as his best as mayor, Roeder pointed to brining economic development into the city. The city worked with Rising Star Casino Resort to build a new $8.2 million, 104-room hotel completed last year. New retail options are available with Dollar General and new businesses on Main Street.
Last year, the city acquired a $1.4 million grant from INDOT that will allow the city to put only $500,000 to $600,000 towards a new retaining wall and bike trail along the city’s riverfront, he said.
As for his new role, Roeder has been meeting weekly with Patz to ensure a smooth transition into the superintendent’s office. He wasn’t ready to discuss any specific ideas he has for Rising Sun-Ohio County Community Schools, but did say that raising test scores would likely be a main focus.
Branden is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, John Roeder, who at different points in his career also served as Rising Sun’s mayor and the local schools superintendent.