Robertson looks forward to serving as Leachville Mayor

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Leachville Mayor Rodney Robertson

Rodney Robertson of Leachville was recently elected to serve as mayor and will preside at the regular Oct. 16 meeting.

Robertson had served on the city council since last November. Leachville Mayor Ralph Wells passed away in May and Councilwoman Lisa Baldridge had been serving as interim mayor until the September election.

“I want to offer my deepest gratitude to each and every person who has supported me during this election,” Robertson said. “There are no words to describe how blessed I am to have such a supportive family and community.”

Mayor Robertson was born and raised in Leachville. He has managed Robertson Furniture Co. for 39 years. His dad started the business in Leachville in 1955.

“I am proud my two children were brought up in Leachville,” Robertson said. “That same pride is what's going to keep me moving forward to make my hometown a stronger community and an even better place to live and raise a family.”

Robertson said as mayor of Leachville he has a few goals he wants to partner with the citizens to obtain.

“First, we need to bolster growth in Leachville,” he said. “Let's bring more businesses to our town. Local entrepreneurs are the backbone of small rural communities. They create jobs and provide the services people need. With new jobs will come new opportunities to bring in affordable housing. My sights are set on growing our exceptional town.”

Another goal Mayor Robertson has is to increase safety and services.

“Each and every citizen is a priority and everyone's safety is a must,” he said. “I plan to work with the police department, the fire department and first responders to ensure every individual is well taken care of. I also want to pick up where our previous mayor left off with extending our sewer system. I am going to make sure we find the best funding to provide us with the development we need. The research has been started so let's get this project finished.”

He said he would love to see a unified city and city council.

“We all need to work together to make our hometown great,” he said. “Improving Leachville isn't something I can do alone. I need help. Leachville is a special community, we are all family here. When one of us succeeds, we all succeed.

“There are funds out there to make all of these goals possible. As mayor, I am going to work diligently to do whatever is necessary to take Leachville into a successful future. Let's bring new life to our hometown.”

Mayor Robertson said one of the major projects underway in Leachville is the restoration of the Melody Theater.

“The historic landmark theater is an asset to Leachville and the surrounding area,” Mayor Robertson said. “We also have a new school under construction which is good for our children and our community.”

Mayor Robertson said he is looking forward to working with the staff, council, fire department, police department and citizens of Leachville.

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