For 22 years Glenn Van Leer served as mayor of Union. That is a remarkable record. He died Nov. 17 at age 84.
His dedication to the city of Union in public service may stand alone as a record that may never be matched. He actually had nearly 30 years as a public official since he was elected an alderman in 1977 and served eight years in that post until 1985 when he was appointed mayor to serve the unexpired term of Charlie Parent, who assumed the city administrator position. He was a popular candidate and voters kept him in office until he retired in 2007.
Van Leer also was a longtime member of the Union Chamber of Commerce, and was active in many civic undertakings.
While mayor, major projects were completed under his watch, such as the relocation and widening of Highway 50, the construction of the Splash-N-Swimplex, the completion of Independence Drive and the downtown beautification project.
Van Leer was a steady hand in municipal government, and had vision for what was needed for the city to progress and provide the best possible services for citizens.
He set an example of public service that was rewarding for the residents of Union.