Rippetoe remains Altamont mayor

Jason Rippetoe

Jason Rippetoe remained Altamont’s mayor after defeating challenger Clarence J. Pagel on Tuesday by a 64-36 percent margin. The incumbent collected 245 votes and the challenger had 137, according to unofficial results.

This is Rippetoe’s second term as mayor after defeating four-term Altamont mayor Larry Taylor in 2015.

“I see it a public approval of the last four years and plan to continue that work,” Rippetoe said.

Rippetoe said as mayor he will appoint commissioner positions in Accounts and Finance; Public Health and Safety; Public Property; and Parks and Cemeteries.

“I want to sit down and talk to each commissioner and place them where they would be a good fit,” Rippetoe said.

Rippetoe wants to continue to work on the growth of Altamont. He said currently the city is working to annex 40 acres into the city limits and working toward creating an enterprise zone.

He said he would like to see the Village of Beecher City included in the enterprise zone and would also like to continue work on infrastructure projects the city is currently pursuing.

Rippetoe is 39 and a graduate of Altamont High School. He owns two businesses: J.H. Moore Inc., an electrical construction company and Castle Services LLC, an excavating and trucking company.

Rippetoe is married to Amy and has two sons, Dakota, 18, and Ezekiel, 14, and one daughter, Riley, 10. He is a member of St. Clare Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Altamont Sports Boosters.

Charles Mills can be reached at or by phone at 217-347-7151 ext. 126.