The Village of Camden is run by a mayor-council government system and thus has a six-member council and a mayor, all elected at large by the citizens of Camden. The Village Council provides direction and makes decisions in the best interest of Camden's citizens by making and following policy, passing ordinances and resolutions, and approving appropriations. The mayor is elected by the Village and heads the council, although does not vote except to break a tie vote of Council,
Additional duties of council include: providing direction and oversight to Village personnel, serving on various committees to bring items to council as needed, encouraging and promoting business and economic development in the Village, monitoring the financial status and future needs of the Village, and providing leadership in the development and implementation of various Village projects and programs.
Council meetings are normally held the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. Camden's leadership includes:
Mayor of Camden: Dan Michael (email: Camdenohiomayor@gmail.com)
Kelly Doran (937-452-3473)
Lizzy Jones (937-733-0666 or Lizzyjones45311@gmail.com)
Nancy Melton (513-240-3134)
Carla Risner (937-533-7727)
Jeff Steele (937-533-7682)
Village Fiscal Officer: Trina Wood Bronson (937-452-7547)
Village Administrator and Code Official: Rusty Wilson (937-336-6882)
MEET YOUR MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS
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Lizzy Jones was elected to council 2024. She moved to Camden October 2021 with her husband and four kids for the goal of finding home in a community. Her family owns and operates a local small business, Wild Roots Harvest, that makes natural products with as much locally sourced ingredients to Camden as possible. She is a homeschool mom that advocates for and assists families who want to learn about homeschooling. Lizzy started her journey advocating for an ordinance change to allow small flocks of chickens inside the village limits and from that success, she wants to continue to see what else she can do for Camden. She believes in treating our community as friends and friends are family.
Nancy Melton is a 4th generation Camden resident (and the daughter of former Councilwoman and Camden Mayor, the late Mary Melton and father, Raleigh Melton) and she is a 1973 graduate of Preble Shawnee. She moved away for a few years entering the corporate world and working in accounting. Now retired, she is making her childhood town her permanent home.
Carla is a '03 Preble Shawnee grad and received her college degree from Miami University. She is a lifelong Camden resident where she enjoys spending time with her wife Sarah and their animals. Carla is the partnership chair for Camden Comeback, a nonprofit in Camden where she has been able to combine her passion and love for her community with being able to help with needs of the community. Her favorite event she helped create is our local Home Run for Health fair. Carla's love of playing sports led her to her career path of sports medicine working in the operating room as an Orthopedic Surgical First Assistant for Dr. Krista Migliore in Hamilton for over 11 years now.
Jeff is a 3rd-generation Camden resident married for 31 years to a 4th-generation resident, Shannon Rhoden Steele. They have three children--all Preble Shawnee graduates. Jeff is a '85 graduate of Preble Shawnee and 2018 graduate of Washtenaw Community College. He is a project superintendent of a large company and a certified instructor of journeyworkers and apprentices in the plumbing and pipe fitting industry. He also is certified in numerous leadership and management programs. Jeff was a Member of Camden-Somers Township Fire Dept. from 1985-2003 achieving rank of assistant chief - and worked to merge Fire department and EMS.