Saturday, May 26, 2001

Schroeder is Ludlow's new replacement mayor

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LUDLOW — Ed Schroeder, a longtime resident with 33 years of public service, will fill the unexpired term of Mayor Tom Stacy.

        Mr. Schroeder, 70, was Ludlow City Council's unanimous choice Thursday to finish Mr. Stacy's term, which expires Dec. 31, 2002. He was sworn in Friday, and will have a ceremonial swearing in at a June 7 reception in his honor.

        Mr. Schroeder was one of three applicants for the mayor's job. Also applying were former Councilmen Ron Wofford and Fred Brooks.

        Mr. Stacy resigned on May 4, citing health problems and time constraints. However, several council members had questioned his handling of city finances. They also were upset that Mr. Stacy had missed nearly half of this year's regularly scheduled council meetings, and rarely stopped in the city building.

        “In my opinion, the main thing is (Mr. Schroeder is) retired and can put more time in,” said Ludlow Councilwoman Cindy Schachere. “We've been without a mayor in the office for too many years. He's also got a lot of political background.”

        Mr. Schroeder held the Kenton Circuit Court clerk's job from mid-1977 to 1992. Before that, he served as Kenton County sheriff from 1973-77 and was a deputy sheriff from 1959 to 1973.

        “I think this new council is going in the right direction,” Mr. Schroeder said of the six-member council that took office in January. “We just have to get some things calmed down, and get things on a regular pace, so that we can get our budgets passed and our tax bills out on time. We need to turn the city back to who it belongs to, the people.”

        Mr. Schroeder said he hasn't decided if he will run for mayor after serving Mr. Stacy's unexpired term.

        To welcome Mr. Schroeder, council will hold a reception at the Ludlow Senior Center, 808 Elm St., from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 7. The regular council meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on that date.


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