Mayor Ellis celebrates one year in office
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis celebrated one year in office on July 21, 2021. Ellis acknowledged in a press conference that there have been ups and downs in the past year, but being mayor has been a gratifying experience.
“I can tell you I love this job just as much or even more because it is so much more rewarding to be able to help people with felt needs in a community,” Ellis said.
Ellis says his favorite memory comes from when his team rallied the community to help a woman who had sewage backing up into her home.
“I know ma’am, you are thanking me, but this is the lady you need to thank because she is your warrior,” Ellis said.
“Those two ladies, my executive assistant, this resident embraced and cried together. They talked about, walked around the house, showing her rose garden, her beds, what she does. That’s gonna stick with me.”
While there have been fulfilling moments, Ellis noted that it hasn’t all been great. He said the toughest moment occurred when he found out about the Timothy Williams case just minutes after being sworn in.
“A lot of people don’t know that my very first day in office, we walked across the street, got about five minutes with my family after I was sworn in. Kissed them, took some pictures then we learned about the Timothy Williams case” said Ellis.
“That was a tough one for me, day one. It’s still a tough one for me to think about. To think that we had a citizen that was treated that way on our watch by our officers,” he said.
In his first year, Ellis has put a considerable amount of focus on beautifying the city.
“Infrastructure wise, $8-10 million worth of sidewalk projects that are getting let out for engineering right for beautification, lighting, sidewalks,” said Ellis.
In August, a group of 50 site selectors will help make sure the city is ready for new businesses.
“We are deadly close to three or four, which I’m super excited about,” Ellis said.
“If we can land one of the four, it will be something meaningful because we understand that all we need is opportunity here in Monroe.”
Ellis is hoping continued opportunities will make Monroe the hub of Northeast Louisiana.
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