It’s a new day in Wheeling as a new mayor and city council have been sworn into office.
People packed the Capitol Theater on Friday to watch new city council and Wheeling 53rd mayor take their oaths of office.
The oath of office is more than just a commitment for the new mayor of Wheeling, it’s a life-long passion.
“I graduated Linsly in 1990 with about I think 55 of us in my class, and there are 4 of us here now. I was happy that 2 of my friends from that class came to join me today, but, it was the thing to do to leave. People left seeking opportunities and people haven’t come back. We have to change that status quo, we can’t keep losing people every couple years,” said Mayor Glenn Elliott.
Now that Elliott and the six new members of city council are official they’re ready to get to work.
“We’re going to have some new folks at the helm now calling some shots on terms of policy decisions, But, it’s not like we’re starting over, and we’ve together with the other 6 council members, we’ve met with all the department heads here in the last few weeks, we’ve come up with some strategies and policy differences going forward,” said Mayor Elliott.
His council plans to improve our curb appeal, enticing people to move-in and work to keep the momentum of engaged citizens.
“The thing is the opportunity you have to make a difference, I’m not a millennial but I know a lot of people in the so called millennial generation and I think people are craving civic engagement, and having a chance to actually change your community and Wheeling is still full of opportunities if you want to get engaged and be involved on boards here, get involved on commissions it’s not hard to do here, you can make a difference tomorrow,” said Elliott.
As he takes the keys to the city, Elliott says it won’t be easy but it’s a job worth doing.
“We’ve got a lot of problems to solve but the city is on the rise and I’m thrilled to be apart of it,” said Elliott.
Elliott says that in two or three months citizens of Wheeling can expect some nee policy outcomes from the council. He invites everyone to get involved at the first city council meeting on July 5th.