City governments in Kentucky operate under one of three models: mayor-council, commission or city manager. Although the mayor-council form is the most prevalent, each form has specific advantages for different needs facing cities.
The Mayor-Council plan operates much like any executive-legislative form of government. The council, as the legislative body, performs legislative duties such as enacting ordinances, levying taxes, and adopting a budget. The mayor holds executive powers such as vetoing legislation, overseeing personnel and managing the daily affairs of the city. The mayor may also vote to break most ties in council meetings. Around 53 percent of Kentucky cities use this form, and all have between six and 12 council members. (Source: KLC.org)
Erlanger operates under a Mayor-Council form of government with 9 elected council members as the legislative body and 1 elected Mayor as the executive authority.
2 Terms of 2 Years – 4 Years of Service
Participated in the field trip for the sixth graders-narrated every year. That field trip consisted of a tour of the city of Erlanger and the administration and all of the other departments. Kenton County Alliance provided give away trinkets to the students. This was a coveted field trip and had to be earned by the students. We (Don and I) played a big part in the Heritage Day event with our carriage rides. It was a well attended event with lots of room for communicating with the residents of Erlanger. They would often mention something they felt needed to be done or investigated. Sadly, those days are over.
My goal for this term of office is to work together as a team instead of all of the back stabbing. We need to remember that there is no “I” in team. I can work with just about anybody.
1 Term of 2 Years – 2 Years of Service
Mrs. Jasper-Lucas is an Erlanger native and graduate of Lloyd Memorial High School. After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University and beginning her career, Mrs. Jasper-Lucas returned to Erlanger in 2012 to raise her family. She is married to Erlanger native and Lloyd graduate, Trey, and together they have a blended family with five children and two dogs. Mrs. Jasper-Lucas has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, management and insurance and currently works as a Commercial Lines Account Manager for The Liberty Company. As a city councilwoman, Mrs. Jasper-Lucas has worked to continue to make Erlanger a great place to live and work through her support of fiscally responsible projects, lowering taxes and encouraging transparency. She previously served as the chair of the Race Relations and Diversity Task Force and is currently leading the Cherry Hill Semi Truck Task Force and is a member of the Small Business Task Force, Parks Task Force, Future of Fire Task Force and Budget Committee.
1 Term of 2 Years – Serving her first term of 2 years
Councilwoman Renee Wilson is a loving mother, Deaconess, and Missionary with 40+ years of serving KY communities. She’s a retired Legal Secretary and has worked Election Polls for 25+ years. Renee enjoys time with family and friends and helping others. She was honored as a Hometown Hero, NKY Woman Who Leads, and Community Hero for helping folk and families with food, serving as a Boys/Girls Scouts volunteer, teaching Sunday School, and community outreach. Councilwoman Wilson graduated from our Kenton County and Erlanger Government Academies. She worked across city and party lines advocating with Elsmere City Councilwoman Owen and other leaders for transportation that resulted in the #10 TANK bus pilot helping Erlanger and Elsmere residents, students, workers, and businesses, and she served on our Erlanger Race Relations & Diversity Task Force that created legislation supporting fairness and inclusion in our city. She was honored by the Erlanger-Elsmere School Board for volunteer service in our school district and she serves as a tutor and mentor. As a Commonwealth Ambassador, a loving community leader, and the first person of Color elected to the Erlanger City Council, Councilwoman Renee Wilson is invested in helping every member in our community and Commonwealth thrive. She is honored and excited to serve as your City Councilwoman!
Councilwoman Diana Niceley has been a resident of Erlanger since she was 8 years old. She is a graduate of Lloyd Memorial High School and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies. Diana raised her sons in Erlanger and both are graduates of Lloyd as well. Diana worked for Duke Energy before joining in her family’s Erlanger business over 20 years ago. Diana holds the position of Office Manager at Niceley’s. She attends church at Erlanger Baptist and stays active in the community. She serves on the Lloyd Memorial High School Alumni Association and has been a member of the Board of Directors, holding the office of Secretary, for over 10 years. In this position, she helps procure donations for the scholarship fund. Diana has also held various leadership positions in local business groups such as Erlanger Business Council, Northern Kentucky Business Referral Group, and BNI. As a council member, she loves being involved in the city and being available for citizens’ questions and concerns. Since being on council, she has co-chaired the Emergency Preparation Task Force and has served on the Parks Master Planning Task Force, Fire/EMS Future Task Force, City Beautification Task Force, Farmer’s Market Task Force and helped organize the first Arbor Day in the City.