The village of Huron grew steadily in the 1800s and 1900s. By 1960 Huron’s census was 5,197, which meant the village could now become a city (Ohio law stipulates that a village can become a city when it reaches 5,000 residents). Huron voters approved the Council-Manager form of self-government in June of 1960. The first city council, which consisted of Russell Habick, Frank Larizza, DeWitt Owen, Robert Swanbeck, Pat Gioffre and Katherine Rudy was elected. Dean Sheldon, a Sandusky native, became Huron’s first city manager the following year. He resigned in 1970.