Mayor & Council

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From left to right:  Tom Callahan, Ben Wagner, Vice Mayor Christina McElfresh, Jason Frentzel, Kelly Clark, Mayor Keith Funk, and Marc Bellapianta

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.  To send an email to the Mayor, Council, City Manager, and Clerk of Council click here. To send an email to Mayor and Council only, click here 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

Rules of Council


Agendas & Minutes

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KEITH FUNK
MAYOR
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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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CHRISTINA "KRISTIE" McELFRESH Vice Mayor
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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.

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marc Bellapianta
COUNCIL MEMBER
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I was raised in Absecon, New Jersey, before moving to Aurora, Colorado where I graduated from Hinkley High School.  I served four years in the Air Force and continued my military career in the Colorado Air National Guard.

I earned an Associate's Degree in Marketing before attending the Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, TN where I received a commission and appointment to 2nd Lieutenant. I was later promoted to Deputy Commander for Maintenance.  

Following my service in Colorado, I relocated to Palm Coast, Florida and began a career in the real estate profession.  I started the Flagler Palm Coast Property Management company which developed into a successful real estate sales and management business.  Eighteen years later the company was merged with Watson Realty Corp and I was hired as a Regional Manager overseeing their Community Management Division, until retiring.  

Wanting to reside closer to family, my wife and I relocated to Ohio near our children and grandchildren.  We liked the quaintness of Monroe and decided to build a home in Monroe Crossings, where we hope to live “happily ever after”.  

I was an active volunteer in the last community we lived in, serving on Boards and Committees for the city and county.  I was also very active in my profession, serving in the REALTOR Association at the local, state and national level, all of which led me to get involved here in Monroe.  

My wife, Linda, and I are both retired US Air Force veterans. 

“I am honored to serve as a  member of your City Council.  I look forward to sharing my experience to help shape the future of Monroe in a manner that will enhance the lifestyle preferred by its citizens.  If you see me around town, I hope you will say hello."   513-813-4299

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Tom Callahan
 Council member
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My family and I have been part of Monroe since the 1950's. I attended Monroe school until Military school. My wife, Joan, and daughter, Sara, both attended and graduated from Monroe school. I owned and operated Total Performance Auto Center and machine shop for 30 years. I'm currently retired. I'm a volunteer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base Museum. I have been an avid drag racer for 48 years. I've have earned awards and championships. I also enjoy muscle cars and cruise-ins. I am excited to start my term on Monroe City Council. I am ready to serve and hope to make a positive contribution to the City and it's residents. If you have any questions or concerns please email me or call me at 513-293 -2045.

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Kelly Clark
 COUNCIL MEMBER
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I have been a Monroe resident for over twenty years in the same home. My husband and I moved here in the year 2000 to start a family. We loved the small town  atmosphere accessible to the express way, and we were especially excited about the  history making brand new school district, where we hopefully would be sending our future children. In 2002, our daughter Erin arrived, and she attended Monroe Schools and Butler Tech School of the Arts. As an arts student, living in Monroe gave our daughter  exceptional access to the performing arts both nearby and in town , which was yet       another reason to love our community. Erin is currently attending college working on her BFA in theater performance.  

My husband Dan and I have been married for 22 years. You may recognize him as a former Vice Mayor of Monroe. He currently works in claims     management for a local fortune 500 company.  When he left Council, I decided the time was right for me to enter formal public service. Prior to being elected to Council, I was the Chair of the Charter Review Commission in 2020, and I was also a member of the Personnel Board. I have been active in community organizations including the Monroe Historical Society as a lifetime member and former Board Vice President, and a member of the Lions Club assisting with July 4 and pancake breakfast.  

When I’m not serving my community in some capacity, I can be found wearing my second hat as a veterinarian. This is my 25th year in practice, and once again community service for pets  is my passion. Currently, I work with shelters and low cost clinics in the Ohio area to provide affordable veterinary care for all families, as well as controlling the pet population through low cost spay/neuter services.  With my focus on the people of this community, I am eager to bring my service based experience  to the Council. It is my intention to be a visible and accessible community leader, with responsible growth and expenditure as my platform.  

Finally, if you ever see me walking through town or at the parks  with my buddy Lucy the Terrier, feel free to stop and say hello! I look forward to meeting many more of you as we work together to keep Monroe a great place to live, work and visit.


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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.

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BEN WAGNER
COUNCIL MEMBER
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My family and I moved to Monroe in the fall of 2013.  I have humble roots in Celina, Ohio as the son of a nurse and a Vietnam veteran. I've been married for more than 15 years and have two growing children in Monroe Local Schools.  As a graduate of University of Cincinnati, I have spent the past 20 years in both sales and customer service. I am looking forward to bringing my experience with people to the City of Monroe, working alongside both residents & Council members to keep Monroe proudly growing.


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.

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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.  

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.


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.