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Ludlow Names Chamberlain New City Administrator

The City of Ludlow hired a new city administrator on Thursday night.

Elishia Chamberlain was unanimously approved upon the recommendation by Mayor Ken Wynn.

Wynn said that after interviewing four candidates he and the department heads all agreed that Chamberlain, who is currently a senior community development specialist with the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, was the best choice. "She had a lot of knowledge about grants working with the AD District and had a lot of contacts," Wynn said. "Basically, it felt like she was the best fit."

The city had been without an administrator since Brian Richmond resigned at the end of April. Wynn and the department heads have had to take on additional responsibilities, a burden worsened by a recent stay in the hospital for Wynn, who suffered bleeding on the brain. It could have been worse. Doctors first thought he suffered an aneurysm. 

"I'm perfectly fine now," he said. "The rest of the staff stepped up."

Chamberlain will take over the reins soon. The Northern Kentucky University (bachelor's and masters degrees) and Simon Kenton High School graduate is a native of Morning View and lives in Covington's Wallace Woods neighborhood.

"Ludlow is at a very unique position right now with developments coming and Riverfront Commons," she said. "I have a special interest in small cities developing into idyllic places for young professionals to live. They don't have to be in the hustle and bustle of Downtown."

She specializes in human resources functions and Brownfield grants. "There are major opportunities here and being a part of that seemed really exciting to me," Chamberlain said. "My time at the AD District has been invaluable. They have prepared me to further my career at this point and they have assisted with many of the things the City of Ludlow in the past."
 
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
 
Photo: Elishia Chamberlain and Ken Wynn/RCN