CHILLICOTHE – Luke Feeney learned the worth of general public support from, well, childhood.
“In university developing up,” he recalled, “I participated in college student council and the many leadership actions connected with Boy Scouts. University and Scouting assisted me to establish management capabilities, general public talking and aided me seriously see and appreciate the price in community provider.”
“I get a ton of fulfillment from community service and volunteering,” he summed, “and I think it started at a youthful age.”
Now 41, Feeney grew up in Seattle, then moved to Athens, Ohio when he was 16. He graduated from Athens Substantial School in 1998, Ohio College in 2002 and Scenario Western Reserve Legislation Faculty in 2005.
“I was seriously into sports activities, primarily participating in basketball and baseball,” he mentioned. “I was 9 when Ken Griffey Jr. was a rookie and obtained to enjoy him engage in all the time. The Seattle Supersonics experienced fantastic teams in the course of that time too.”
“I was also extremely energetic in Boy Scouts,” he extra. “But I didn’t dream of politics. I likely dreamt much more of actively playing in the majors or the NBA.”
Soon after law university, Feeney moved to Chillicothe to work for South Jap Ohio Lawful Solutions, served as the town auditor from 2013-2015 and became Chillicothe’s mayor on Jan. 1, 2016.
“My career as an lawyer introduced me to Chillicothe,” he explained. “I experienced the option to work for legal support and provide reduced-cash flow families and senior citizens across the region. I really loved that occupation and being in a position to support men and women.”
“After functioning for Southeastern Ohio Lawful Services for six years,” he ongoing, “I experienced a possibility to get much more and additional concerned in the local community. I was fortuitous to be appointed to the city auditor position and then to operate and be elected to that situation. Remaining city auditor was a wonderful option to find out about the inner workings of the metropolis, and primarily town finances. When Mayor Everson resolved not to run in 2015, I felt I could give more to the metropolis as mayor and jumped at the chance. I was elected in November of 2015.”
“Luke has carried out an fantastic work,” assessed previous County Commissioner Steve Neal. “He has a remarkable capability to deliver people jointly to solve problems and to attain aims. Chillicothe is fortuitous to have Luke Feeney as our mayor. He’s a correct leader.”
“I am tremendous very pleased of all the things he’s done and is carrying out, as mayor,” extra his spouse, Stacy. “Like a whole lot of people, we want to see Chillicothe prosper, to be a wonderful put for persons to get the job done and live and elevate a household – so I’m certain that will carry on to influence Luke’s generate for what he does.”
“I actually appreciate being the mayor of Ohio’s very first funds,” Feeney pointed out. “I do it because I see so considerably option in our group and so a lot of folks keen to chip in and make a variance. I love every little thing from interacting with the community and solving constituent troubles to economic enhancement and infrastructure planning. It seriously feels fantastic to be a component of development in the community. No day is the exact, and some days are additional tense than others, but there are a good deal of wins also. I simply cannot think of any other career I would want proper now.”
“I could not be more delighted,” he concluded, “with where by life’s path has taken me – to Chillicothe, where I met my spouse and wherever our two children were being born. I am privileged and blessed.”
City of Chillicothe offices are positioned at 35 South Paint Street in Chillicothe. For much more information and facts, connect with 740-774-1185 or log on www.chillicothe.com.
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