The Village of Camden is run by a mayor-council government system and thus has a six-member council and a mayor, elected at large in non-partisan elections. 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. Camden's leadership is listed below.
Council meetings are held the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.
Mayor of Camden: Karen Moss (937-452-7547 extension 4)
Kelly Doran (937-452-3473)
Debbie Hickman (937-452-1401)
Toni Keesler (937-452-9975)
Wendell Mackie (937-533-8854)
Judy Michael (937-533-0309)
Jeff Steele (937-533-7682)
Village Fiscal Officer: Rebecca Wilson (937-452-7547)
Village Administrator and Code Official: Rusty Wilson (937-452-7547)
MEET YOUR MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS
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KAREN MOSS, MAYOR
Karen Moss is a lifelong Camden resident and current serves as the Assistant Director of the Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute at Miami University. She is also an active member of Leadership Preble County and the Oxford Toastmasters Club. She served as Chair of the Camden Bicentennial Celebration Committee, and was a member of the Camden Church of God, Moms In Touch and the Camden-Somers Twp. Fire Board. Karen is married to Jeff Moss, has two children and three grandsons. Karen enjoys the simplicity of living in Camden and is glad she & Jeff raised their children in a small, safe town where everybody knows their neighbors. Karen believe it's great to be able to walk to the store or post office or to a restaurant. She also loves the way the community is bonding and working together to make Camden even better. Her greatest joy is spending time with family and friends and she also enjoys journaling, writing creative non-fiction, reading, planning and hosting parties, hiking, being creative, drinking coffee on my front porch, and crackling campfires.
Debbie began her four-year term on council on January 1, 2018. She loves Camden because she has lived here all her life and so has her husband, Larry. Married to Larry for for 51 years, they have two sons. and the Hickmans attend Christ Commission Temple. Debbie previously served on the Camden Bicentennial Committee and the Camden Beautification Committee. She currently serves on the Camden Comeback Committee
Toni Keesler has been a council member since 2018. Toni has worked at the Preble County District Library Camden Branch for 20 yrs. She served on Camden's Bicentennial Committee and is currently on the Camden Beautification Committee. She enjoys cooking, baking and reading, and believes living in a small town means you know everyone from every corner of town. Living in Camden has afforded me the opportunity to get involved in my community and make wonderful friends.
Judy is currently serves as President of Council. She married lifelong Camden resident, Dan Michael, in 1989. She retired as General Manager of the Elms Hotel in Oxford, OH after more than 15 years and currently (and joyfully) serves as Secretary for the First Southern Baptist Church in Camden. Judy has served on Camden Village Council under Mayors Gerry Wood, Gordon Flora, Ted Ashman, Dan Michael and Lisa Moss and now, Karen Moss. She's served on the Camden Day Committee (golf outing) multiple times and she is a Loyal Cincinnati Bengals fan through feast and famine years and has attended both Bengal Super Bowls!
Jeff is a 3rd-generation Camden resident married for 31 years to a 4th-gen 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.