Mayor of Put-in-Bay Shares Background

Mayor Dress, sworn to uphold Ohio state and local laws.

Mayor of Put-in-Bay,  Mrs. Jessica Dress, kindly agreed to an interview with free-lance writer/photographer Amanda Downey.  Put-in-Bay Daily is pleased to share this insight.

Did you know that Put in Bay Village has its very own Mayor? Well, I had the opportunity to sit down with the Mayor and ask her few questions.

So Jess, can you tell us where you are originally from?
Mayor:   Bucyrus, Ohio

What are your greatest strengths as a Mayor?
Mayor:   Connecting with the community and reaching out to help everyone.

Tell us a bit about yourself . . . hobbies, what you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Mayor:   While also working at the post office, I’m a volunteer EMT, I enjoy crafting–dabbling in jewelry making–I have two dogs.

Who has been an inspiration for you?
Mayor:  Wow, there are so many . . . however, I would have to say my parents.  They were involved with the community as well.

What is your greatest achievement outside of work as the Mayor?
Mayor:  Outside of work as mayor . . . before I moved to Put-in-Bay, I was a state award-winning journalist; I earned my Bachelor’s degree with honors in journalism from Ohio University.

What is your greatest achievement as the Mayor?
Mayor:   Working to stabilize the police department.

Tell us about a typical day at work?
Mayor:  Depends on day to day.  Could consist of checking emails, phone calls, preparing for meetings, phone calls with council.

What is your favorite part about South Bass Island?
Mayor:  The physicality of being surrounded by water and connected with nature.  Also the people of the island.   Everyone watching out for one another and being a community as a whole.

What are the qualities of a good leader?
Mayor:  Leading by example.  Doing what you preach.  Listening and hearing what the people have to say.

If you could be choose to be anything for a day, what would you be?
Mayor:  To be a World Traveler.  To see. To do and explore.

Thank you Mayor Jessica Dress for your time.