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Les Tebo, Cheboygan's mayor, dies at 68

Cheboygan Water Tower.
Michael Livingston
Cheboygan Water Tower. (Photo: Michael Livingston/IPR News)

The mayor of Cheboygan, Leslie Tebo, died Feb. 3, at the age of 68.

Known to Cheboygan residents as “Les,” Tebo was born Sept. 14, 1954 and spent his entire life in the city. He served residents from many different roles.

Before he was mayor, Tebo worked in the county sheriff's office, and as a firefighter and city councilman. He helped establish programs in the local Sobriety and Drug Court.

City Manager Dan Sabolsky said he’ll be missed for his ability to know practically everyone in town.

Les Tebo was mayor of Cheboygan. (Photo from online obituary.)
Les Tebo was mayor of Cheboygan. (Photo from online obituary.)

“He felt that the residents of the city deserve good roads, good infrastructure, the ability to, shop, recreate and have good jobs,” Sabolsky told IPR News.

Tebo and his wife Victoria raised two children and had five grandchildren, according to his obituary.

“Les liked to lift weights and run at the local gym,” the obituary reads. “During hockey season, you could find him watching his grandchildren play at the pavilion.”

Tebo was so dedicated to supporting the local hockey scene, in fact, that Sabolsky said he was among the first donors to help the city purchase a new Zamboni for the local pavilion ice rink when it broke down.

“It just shows you the connections he had in the community,” Sabolsky said.

A funeral was held Feb. 9. The city will discuss the process for appointing a new mayor at its upcoming council meeting on Tuesday.

Sabolsky said mayor pro tem, Brett Mallory is a likely candidate to serve out the rest of Tebo’s term, which expires in 2024.

Michael Livingston covers the area around the Straits of Mackinac - including Cheboygan, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego counties as a Report for America corps member.