LaPorte has a new mayor

Mark Krentz officially sworn in as LaPorte mayor // WSBT 22 photo

Today Laporte's new mayor was named -- businessman and economic development official Mark Krentz.

The County Republican Party held a caucus Friday night.

Eight candidates were vying to take over for current Mayor Blair Milo, who will be headed to Indianapolis to be Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's secretary of career connections and talent.

Milo will start in her new role on Monday.

Precinct committee men and women went through four rounds Friday night before selecting Krentz as the winner.

In all, 20 people patiently listened to each of the 8 candidates gives speeches as they talked about their different agendas.

The field was slowly narrowed down and a new mayor chosen.

Many people shook Krentz's hand and congratulated him after he was sworn in.

He got the 12 needed voted to become LaPorte's next mayor.

He says he promises to continue the progress made by former mayor Blair Milo.

Among Krentz's top priorities is the continued war on drugs.

"I've listened to the concerns of the local people and I'm anxious and willing and ready to start working Monday," he said.

Outgoing mayor Milo says she's looking forward to her new job in Indianapolis.

Milo has worked with Krentz for more than five years.

She said he's going to do a great job.

"He'll bring yet a different perspective, a new approach, and I think still recognizing all of the great valuable team members that we have," she said.

Krentz is ready to hit the ground running over the next two and a half years.

He wants to bring more economic development to the city, continuing the downtown beautification, and work with schools to finish renovation projects.

"I will Work my best to attract the talent to keep those initiatives moving forward."

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