Amelia Mayor Leroy Ellington would make only one concrete and solemn promise to village residents at his inaugural ceremony Jan. 5 – to represent the taxpayers, his family, and his friends with integrity and honor.
Engaging more than 100 of those family and friends assembled at the Amelia Methodist Church with his words, Mayor Ellington said that he wanted to start mending the “very real” but unintentional disconnect that he feels Amelia residents have with their local government.
“While I was campaigning over the last eight weeks, I came to find out that there is a disconnect that village residents have with its elected leaders,” he said. “As mayor, I will continue to work on going out into the community to meet the residents that I represent. I will listen to your thoughts and concerns and do my best to implement solutions that are in the best interest of the village.”
Ellington, who prides himself on his strengths, such as listening, leadership, and problem-solving, is eager to start working for the village; he laid out many ideas and initiatives in his inaugural remarks.
The new mayor announced that he will hold a series of more informal town hall style meetings for village residents; he plans to continue the very popular recreational events in the village.
"With the help of council and the recreation commission, I plan on introducing initiatives that will provide fun and educational activities for children of all ages," he said. "I also plan on forming a senior advisory board to implement a much-needed program to provide activities to our senior citizens."
Ellington, who commented that the village must remain fiscally responsible in years to come and is encouraging economic development, said that the major goal under his leadership and direction will be to implement solutions that make sense for the residents and the community as a whole.
"Amelia village is growing rapidly," he said. "I will provide a level of service to meet that growth and am truly committed to the village as we face the challenges ahead."
Also ready to meet those challenges is newly-elected councilman Timothy Rosser, who was also sworn in at the inaugural ceremony.
Rosser, who moved to the village from Colerain a year ago, said that his focus for the next four years will be to receive public input and to encourage all community members to attend council meetings and become involved in the local government.
"I look forward to the challenges ahead," he said. "I consider myself to be a hard worker, a family man, and I pride myself on being a good listener. I promise to give all of the time and dedication needed to be a productive member of council. I am ready to get to work."