LOVELAND, OHIO - After the sudden resignation of Loveland Councilman Paul Elliott on Wednesday afternoon, Loveland Magazine asked other council members for comment. Elliott had twelve months remaining in his second, four-year term.
Elliott’s resignation was for personal reasons, not for medical matters, or any family related matters. He will sit down with Loveland Magazine for an exclusive video interview in the next few days.
Mayor Rob Weisgerber said via e-mail, “I have not yet talked to Paul about his decision, so I do not have anything to offer other than Paul has served the city and it's residents well and I hate to see anyone quit wether or not we agree on policy matters.”
Also via e-mail, Councilman Mark Fitzgerald said that he was surprised by the resignation and, “I appreciate his service, I enjoyed his being on council. We agreed, we disagreed - but were always agreeable with one another.” Fitzgerald added, that he hopes Elliott remains involved in community matters.
“I'll miss him,” was Councilman Brent Zuch’s response.
Former Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce Director Paulette Leeper, who recently resigned her position with the Chamber, and many speculate will be running for a seat on council next Fall, said late Wednesday afternoon at City Hall that she might ask for the appointment to serve out Elliott’s remaining term. Leeper has served on City Council in the past. She said that she has been considering running for a council seat again, but she would have to have discussions with her husband before taking the vacant seat if it is offered to her. Leeper was recently appointed by Weisgerber to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), and was at city hall last night for her first meeting with the BZA.
At the time of Leeper’s sudden appointment to the BZA, Elliott mounted a mild protest because in the past, when vacancies on City commissions, boards, or committees came up, the Mayor would allow time for residents to apply for these positions, and time for other council members to make their own nominations. There was no such protocol with Leeper's appointment to the BZA seat. Leeper is also a member of the City Finance Committee.