FOCUS ON WOMEN – Sandy Husman, Member, Sylvania City Council

–by Linda Syzowski
Creative Oxygen

Sandy Husman, Member, Sylvania City Council

Sandy Husman doesn’t do anything halfway—and those who know her and work with her agree. “Once I take on something, I like to be fully involved,” laughed Sandy. And involved she is! A member of city council since 2010, Sandy also chairs the Buildings and Grounds Committee; serves on Parks & Forestry; Utilities & Environment; Employee & Community Relations and its Economic Development Sub-committee; and Zoning & Annexation. In addition, she is the council representative on two boards, Sylvania Community Action Team (SCAT) and Heritage Sylvania—which are both of special interest to her.

Born in Toledo, Sandy graduated from Whitmer High School and attended the University of Toledo. After her marriage to John in 1967, the couple lived in Chicago before returning to make Sylvania their home in 1978. They have been Sylvania residents ever since and raised their family here. With her daughters growing up, Sandy decided to accept a position with a medical group. She was soon promoted to assistant office manager—a position she held until 2001 when she left to help her older daughter’s family through a difficult time.

Her involvement with the city began in 2006 when Mayor Stough asked her to serve on the Planning Commission and Board of Architectural Review. About the same time, Sandy and John began to attend council meetings and met many of its members. Council took notice of Sandy’s keen interest and insight on city issues, so when a council member resigned, she was asked to complete that term. She then went on to be elected to two additional council member terms.

With her present term expiring in December 2019, Sandy has decided not to run for council again. What’s next? Sandy wants to spend more time with her family, travel, and become more involved at Olivet Lutheran Church where she and husband John belong. “John is also writing a book on baseball,” Sandy noted, “and he relies on me to be his first-read editor. He has always been passionate about the game, and is quite the historian.” Sandy and John are also proud to have edited “You Will Do Better in Toledo,” a book that tells the history of Toledo’s Golden Age through picture postcards. It is available at the Sylvania Heritage Museum.

Sylvania Advantage, in cooperation with Creative Oxygen, is proud to honor Sandy Husman and her many contributions to Sylvania. We hope to continue to see this warm and caring lady and her friendly smile out and about in the community as we have for so long, and hope she will continue to stay involved outside of council—in her spare time, of course!

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