Thursday, February 15, 2001

Appointment brings city, schools closer

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        MONROE — Cooperation between City Council and the Monroe Local Schools was given a boost Tuesday with the appointment of Steve Campbell to a seat on council.

        Mr. Campbell, 45, hired as a finance clerk when Monroe began an income tax department last March, left the city four months later to become Monroe Schools' director of facilities and operations. He was tapped to fill the unexpired term of former Councilwoman Vicky Sizemore, who resigned at the end of January to go back to school full-time. Her term expires at the end of the year. Mr. Campbell said he would run for office in November.

        “I think it's a good idea to have someone from the schools in a leading position in the city. There's already a good bond between the schools and city, and I want that relationship to grow,” said Mr. Campbell, a 20-year resident.

        “It makes a nice marriage between the City Council and the new school district,” said Don Whitman, Monroe city manager.

        Almost eight years ago, Mr. Campbell led a group that successfully petitioned Monroe to annex 447 acres in Lemon Township, including the Greenridge subdivision, after fighting off an annexation attempt by Middle town.

        Mr. Campbell said he is looking forward to helping guide Monroe's growth. “You'll not find a more exciting community than Monroe will be over the next 10-15 years,” Mr. Campbell said. “The I-75 corridor development is at our doorstep.”

        Mr. Campbell is married and has a daughter at Monroe Elementary School and a son at Lemon-Monroe Junior-Senior High School.


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