Ben Holbert is the New Mayor Of The Village of Woodmere
WOODMERE VILLAGE – On Sunday, January 7, 2018, Woodmere Village Hall was filled beyond capacity with family members, village council and employees, friends and residents that rose to their feet in applause as Ben Holbert took the oath of office to serve as the Mayor of the Village of Woodmere, delivered by The Honorable Pinkey S. Carr, Cleveland Municipal Court Judge.
“This is a great day in Woodmere,” said Mayor Ben Holbert. “I’m very humble, very honored and very emotional.” He continued that people have asked how he plans to serve as the Mayor of Woodmere and as owner and operator of SIDES to go BBQ in Maple Heights. His response was, “The Good Lord doesn’t put more on you than you can handle. My goal is to serve the citizens of Woodmere in a manner in which they will be proud to continue to call Woodmere their home.”
Holbert also stated that he “has plans to rejuvenate Woodmere Village to make it a conscious destination for area residents and visitors to northeast Ohio.”
Returning Woodmere Council members that were also sworn in Sunday included, Lisa A. Brockwell who will serve a forth term and Glenda Todd Miller who will serve a third term; while Craig D. Wade returned for a second term. Sheryl Blakemore was also sworn in to serve another term as Clerk of Council. Each will each serve a four-‐year term and will round out a panel of seven legislative leaders.
Woodmere is known as “The Gateway to the Chagrin Valley” and is a “must see” for serious shoppers. More than 300 companies, including many upscale restaurants, specialty stores and national retailers operate in the village. Woodmere has a culturally diverse residential population of 884, according to the most recent demographics data available from the US Census Bureau released in 2010. The thriving business district drives more than 10,000 motorists into the quaint community on a daily basis.
Harry Boomer, newscaster for Cleveland’s CBS affiliate, Cleveland 19 News, served as Master of Ceremonies for the program. Reverend Walter L. Ratcliffe, Senior Pastor of Good Shepherd Baptist Church provided the invocation and benediction. The Mayor’s best friend, Lee V. Fields, Jr. provided heartwarming remarks and delivered a toast that reminded all in attendance of one of the reasons why Mayor Holbert was elected, “You can ALWAYS count on Ben to give his best and do what is right,” he said.