Former County Councilwoman Hautman Selected As Next Rising Sun Mayor
By Mike Perleberg
(Rising Sun, Ind.) – The City of Rising Sun is poised to have a new mayor that will make city history the moment she takes office.
Eagle 99.3 has told you before that Mayor Branden Roeder is resigning on May 12th as he prepares to become the new superintendent of Rising Sun-Ohio County Schools. He officially begins that new job on July 1, taking over for retiring superintendent Steve Patz.
In a caucus meeting held last week, the Ohio County Republicans selected former Ohio County Councilwoman April Hautman to fill the rest of Roeder’s mayoral term. She won a 3-1 vote over city councilman Steve Slack.
Hautman will be the first ever female mayor in Rising Sun. However, she doesn’t see that aspect as a big deal.
“It wasn’t necessarily a goal for me to be the first female mayor,” she tells Eagle 99.3. “I think being a good mom and a grandma are more important.”
Hautman admits she was pleasantly surprised when the caucus selected her to succeed Roeder, who had voiced support for Slack both before and during the caucus. She has already met with Roeder and been reviewing city council meeting minutes to get up to speed on city activities.
The incoming mayor identifies two priorities. Hautman wants to see an increase in communication between Rising Sun and Ohio County government. Revenues at Rising Star Casino Resort, from which the city receives a percentage of revenues, are also on her radar.
“It’s a concern for everyone with the revenue stream for the casino. I’ll be looking at budgets to see what might be done,” she said.
Hautman said she plans to run for election to a full term as mayor in 2015. “Once you get started, I think it’s important to continue on with the momentum, if the voters will have me.”
In addition to Ohio County Council service for 24 years, she has previously served on the board of the Ohio County Community Foundation, Ohio County Tourism, Rising Sun Ohio County First, Rising Sun Revolving Loan Fund Committee, Denver Siekman Environmental Program, Historic Hoosier Hills, and the Ohio County Sheriff’s Merit Board. She became a board member of the Rising Sun Ohio County Economic Development Corporation in January.