Mayor & Council

Meetings

City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.  Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers located at 233 South Main Street.  You can email the entire Council or send an individual email below.  Telephone:  513-360-2215. Fax: 513-360-2231.

If you would like to be placed on the agenda you can contact Angela S. Wasson, Clerk of Council, at 513-539-7374 extension 1012 or send her an email

Agendas & Minutes

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2019 Council Members PhotographMembers

Photograph of Robert Routson

ROBERT E. ROUTSON
 MAYOR
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I have lived in Monroe my entire life. I graduated from Lemon-Monroe High School in 1969. I served in the Ohio National Guard from 1970 to 1976. I was a volunteer firefighter for the Monroe Fire Department from 1969 to 1993 and I was a Monroe Police Officer from 1985 to 1998. I became a member of the City Council in 1998 and became Mayor in 2004.

I retired from Worthington Steel after 29 years and I currently work for the Butler County Auditor's office in Hamilton, Ohio, and I am proud to say that I am the Mayor of Monroe. I enjoy representing our great City. Monroe has always had a big place in my heart and always will. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and tending to my garden.

I married my beautiful wife, Jenny, in 1975. Jenny and I have 6 children: Joe (Suzanne), Jake (Tiffanie), Sadie (Mike Etter), John (Becki), Gracie, David

We are also proud grandparents of  Caden, Caroline, Jillian, Brynn, Taylor, Sam, Ava, Ashton, Layla, Euluah, Alexes, Kailyn, Lee, Jennifer Louise

Photograph of Dan Clark

Dan Clark
 Vice Mayor
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I have lived in Monroe for the past 14 years. Prior to moving here I attended the University of Cincinnati obtaining my law degree in 1998. After several years of private practice I transitioned to the business world. I currently work as a medical malpractice claim manager for CNA Insurance, a large property and casualty carrier.

I am honored to be included in the wonderful group of people who make up our City Council. Monroe is a great place to live and work, and I hope that I can be of service to our community in any way possible.

I have been married for 15 years to my wonderful wife, Kelly Meyer, who is a veterinarian with the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. Kelly and I are the proud parents of our daughter, Erin, who attends Monroe Junior High School.

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Jason Frentzel
council member
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I have been a resident of Monroe for over 30 years. I graduated from Fenwick High School in 1999 and received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Dayton in 2003. After a few brief years of living in the Cincinnati area, I realized that I missed the tight knit community that I was raised in, and returned to Monroe in 2009.

After attending Council meetings for several years, and being part of the Personnel Board for the City, I decided to run and was elected to City Council in 2015. In addition to serving on Council, it is also my pleasure to serve on the Finance Committee, Public Involvement Committee and the Technology Committee. I am also honored to be able to help plan for Monroe's Bicentennial in 2017.

I am excited to serve this great community and hope to make a positive impact on it just like my family has before me. I encourage all residents to take some type of active role in the city that you live in. Only with your involvement can this community truly grow and thrive. If you ever have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me or call me at 513-678-2768.

Keith M. Funk

KEITH FUNK
COUNCIL MEMBER
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Born in Colerain Township, Ohio, I am a graduate with honors of Colerain High School. My collegiate experience began at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College where I earned an Associate's Degree in Marketing. This led me to acquire my Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix online; then eventually my Master's in Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati. I also picked up an Associate's Degree in General Insurance along the way through a self-study program.

My family and I settled in Monroe in December of 2012. We instantly knew we were in a special place with great people, great schools, and a bright future. Naturally it is easy to get involved with something special, however my wife Natalie and I have a heightened level of interest in the community as we are raising our young family consisting of our three sons and daughter. I am honored to serve the residents of Monroe and I look forward to paving a path for the future.

Previously I worked as Business Manager for a small municipality in southwest Ohio. My time in the public sector has enlightened me to the impact and value that one person's efforts can provide to local government spurring me to run for Council.

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ANNA HALE
COUNCIL MEMBER
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I have been a resident in and around Monroe since 1953. I came to Monroe in the 8th grade and attended the old elementary school and continued my education graduating from Lemon Monroe High School in 1957. I also attended Sinclair College.

My husband, Robert, and I raised our four children in Monroe because of the tight knit community and great schools. Kelley is our eldest, Holly (deceased in 1992), Matthew, and Autumn.

I feel very blessed to live in such a unique city as Monroe and proud to have put so much time to make Monroe a great place to live, work, and play. It is my hope to continue my service for many more years.

I was elected to serve on Council in 2006 and continue to serve today. In 2012, I was selected by the Council to serve as the first woman Vice Mayor for Monroe, which I served for two years. I am the liaison to the Park and Recreation Board, a member of the Public Works Committee, Public Involvement Committee, Board of Trustees of the Monroe Historical Society. I have also held various offices on the Monroe Garden Club since 1967. I have been on all of the various festival committees of the City for the last 30 years. Presently, I am serving on the Bicentennial Committee for 2017. Also, working with Dorothy Smith, Curator for the Monroe Historical Society to update a history of the City of Monroe. On April 23, 2014, I received the Cornerstone Award from the Monroe Area Community Foundation for all my efforts of time volunteering in the City.

Photograph of Todd Hickman

TODD HICKMAN
 COUNCIL MEMBER
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Todd Hickman is currently serving his third term on Monroe City Council. Todd was born and raised in Middletown Ohio and was a 1979 graduate of Madison High School. Todd graduated from Miami University and is a Registered Nurse. Todd and his wife Vicki were married in 1989 and have lived in Monroe since 1994. He currently serves on the Public Works Committee and the Public Safety Committee. Todd has enjoyed his time on council and states he will “continue to bring a fair minded logical approach to the job, execute it with a purpose and represent all residents, while keeping a clear vision into the future; and will strive to do what is right for the community.”

Photograph of Christina McElfresh

CHRISTINA "KRISTIE" McELFRESH COUNCIL MEMBER
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Christina McElfresh, raised in Centerville, Ohio, played a major role in the strength of the Dayton and surrounding region. As Vice President and Director of the AFL-CIO, Community Service, Christina, spearheaded community efforts, with both public and private sectors, to work in a collaborative, community wide, effort to raise awareness and create both a local and regional economic strategic plan of action covering 13 Ohio counties. Christina was also the past Director of Communication for UFCW Local 1099 now Local 75.

Christina was widowed in 2010, and has called Monroe, Ohio, her home for more than 18 years. She has two step-children and three grandchildren. In addition, Christina truly enjoys learning about and collecting antiques. She also operates an antiques shop in Centerville, Ohio.

Christina is passionate about Monroe! She is honored to represent her fellow residents as a Monroe City Council member and she is always available to assist with answering questions or concerns from the Monroe community.

November of 2010, Christina shifted her career to Real Estate and has received numerous awards for her sales volume. In 2014, Christina was elected to the Middletown Board of Reators, now known as The Butler Warren Association of Realtors. Real estate has always been a passion of hers and she specializes in the sale and purchase of historic homes, assisting first time home buyers, seniors who are down-sizing, and ensuring her clients are happy. She is the President of the Monroe Historical Society and a life time member. Christina is also the President of the Rotary Club, member of the Monroe Lions Club, and very active in the community.

Overview

City Council consists of seven members, elected at large for a term of four years. Following each Council election the Council selects, by a majority vote from its own members, one to serve as Mayor and one to serve as Vice Mayor for a term of two years. City Council meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. If you would like to contact the Mayor and City Council, you can call 513-360-2215 or send them an email

Employees

The Law Director, City Manager, and Clerk of Council report directly to City Council.  All other employees of the City report to the City Manager.

 Photograph of Law Director K. Philip Callahan

K. Philip Callahan has served as the Law Director and Prosecutor for the City of Monroe since 1997. In addition to his private practice he also serves as Law Director for the City of Miamisburg. Mr. Callahan is a 1978 graduate of Carlisle High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Alabama with a Major in Political Science and Minors in both History and English. With the goal of public service, he started to work on his Masters of Public Administration right away and earned that degree in 1983, also from South Alabama.

In 1984 he began his professional career as the Village Administrator for the Village of Carlisle, Warren County, Ohio, moving on to the position of City Manager of the City of Germantown, Montgomery County, Ohio, holding that role from 1985 through 1987. He decided to return to school and earned a Juris Doctorate degree in 1990 from the University of Dayton Law School.

Mr. Callahan can be contacted at 937-866-9933 or via email.  

Photograph of William J. Brock

William J. Brock, PE has served as the City Manager of Monroe since March of 2003 after serving as the Assistant City Manager and City Engineer beginning in September of 1999. In his role as City Manager, he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the five City departments. Mr. Brock reports directly and is responsible to the City Council for the development of the budget, policies, and to ensure that the needs of the residents and businesses of Monroe are met.


Photograph of Angela S. Wasson

Angela S. Wasson, MMC, serves as the Clerk of Council and Assistant to the City Manager. She is a Master Municipal Clerk and responsible for maintaining City records, public information needs of the City Council and City Manager's office, including the website, newsletter, and social media.  

The City Clerk has direct signature authority and their signature is required on all Ordinances, Resolutions, and other official documents of the City. The City Clerk's office is a citywide information and document resource, and is the official records management office for City Council.  Objectives: promote effective communication among City Council, employees, and the public; simplifying processes, procedures, and systems; treat the public with respect and dignity; staying abreast of current laws as well as any changes in the laws; preserving the City's history and making it available to the public through a highly effective and sound records management program; and carrying out and promoting the organization goals of City Council.

Prior to working for the City of Monroe in 2001, Mrs. Wasson previously worked for the City of Monroe's Law Director for 10 years and the City of Germantown for 8 years.