The comic has always had a tradition of making the Village Elder of the town of Veros (Jova) be a democratically elected post. If Shredder were to take over, naturally he'd have to have been elected to the post. It's the only logical solution.
 
    

When evil spreads across the land, and darkness rises and the monsters roam. When the creatures of the night make beautiful music, and the things that go bump in the night go bump with greater enthusiasm. When the world is in peril and is in need of a hero...

These guys are, sadly, the best the world can hope for. These are the adventures of the heroes of CVRPG. They mean well, they try hard, and occasionally they do the impossible...

They actually do something heroic.