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Governing Authority

Watterson Park is self-governed through the election of a Mayor and City Council. This group possesses legislative powers to provide for sufficient revenues to operate the City, to appropriate these revenues in an annual budget, and to ensure that residents are provided basic services.

The Council establishes codes, rules, and regulations for the public health, safety, and welfare of its residents. All Metro Louisville Ordinances as well as Kentucky Statutes apply to residents of Watterson Park unless City of Watterson Park ordinances contain additional or more specific regulations.

Below are the biographies for your Mayor, members of the City Council, Clerk, Treasurer and Attorney.

 

Mayor

The Mayor is the chief elected official of the City and as such is the City’s executive authority. The Mayor sets the agendas for and acts as the presiding officer at all City Council meetings. He participates in Council proceedings but does not have a vote, except that he may cast the deciding vote in case of a tie. He makes recommendations for actions by the Council that he perceives to be in the public interest. The Mayor is authorized to sign legal documents on behalf of the City and to enforce city ordinances and orders. In his absence, his duties are performed by the Mayor Pro-tem.


Linda Chesser headshotLinda Chesser has been a resident of the City of Watterson Park since 1979 and began serving on the City Council in 1990. She also represents Watterson Park on the District 10 Advisory Board and the LMPD Sixth Division Citizens Advisory Board. Linda grew up in Germantown, attended St. Therese Elementary School, and is a Mercy Academy graduate. She retired from GE, where she worked as an Executive Assistant. Linda and her husband, Marvin, have four children – Scot, Leah, Shannon, and Julie – and four grandchildren.


Duties & Powers of the Mayor:

  • Presides at City Council meetings
  • Serves as City’s representative for ceremonial purposes
  • May break a tie vote on a motion
  • May call special meetings of the City Council when he deems such meetings necessary
  • Signs ordinances, resolutions and municipal orders passed by the Council
  • Sign contracts on behalf of the City
City Council

The City Council is the City’s elected legislative body. It establishes policies, adopts budgets, sets compensation, determines tax rates, and enacts ordinances and resolutions to govern the City. As the policy-making body for Watterson Park, the City Council is the final authority on most matters relating to the city.


Helen Arnold headshotHelen Arnold was born and raised in Louisville’s west end. She attended Holy Cross grade school and graduated from Our Lady of Mercy Academy. Helen retired from Jefferson County Public Schools, where she worked for over 21 years. She is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and has lived in Watterson Park for over 50 years. She and her husband, Frank, have two children – Steve and Robin – and two grandchildren. Helen was present when the City of Watterson Park was formed in 1981 and has been on the Watterson Park Council since 1997.


Lillian Wild headshotSteve Fortwengler has lived in Watterson Park since 1987. He and his wife, Jana, have two children: Kaitlin and Lucas. Steve retired from Ford Motor Company in 2007. Steve enjoys hunting and is involved with Boy Scouts of America.

 


Joseph Welsh headshotGina Garrett was born and raised in Louisville's South End. She attended Mill Creek Elementary School and graduated from Doss High School in 1977. Gina worked with Private Practice Physicians for 19 years and is currently employed with Centerstone Kentucky, where she has been an Office Manager and Payee in the Adult Mental Health Division since 1997. In the past, she served on the Goals for Greater Louisville Committee. Gina has a daughter, Ginny, and three granddaughters. In her spare time, Gina enjoys gardening, fishing, boating, and camping.


Lillian Wild headshotBrandon Paul was born and raised in the Hikes Point area. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville and St. Xavier High School as well as a member of St. Stephen Martyr Church. He has lived in Watterson Park with his wife, Megan, since 2011. Brandon is a full-time Firefighter for Middletown Fire Protection District. He is also an avid camper and woodworker.


Marlene Welsh headshotMarlene Welsh was born in Louisville and has lived here her entire life. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and is a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church. Marlene was a mortgage originator for fifty years and has been retired since 2006. She has one son, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson.


Mary Ann Liebert headshotTiffany Woodson was born and raised in Louisville's upper Highlands and has resided in Watterson Park since 2010 with her husband, Darryl, and their three sons. She is currently employed by Louisville Metro Government, Department of Community Services. Tiffany enjoys swimming, family activities, and cheering for the Indianapolis Colts and Louisville Cardinals.


Duties & Powers of the Council:

  • Establishes general policies for the city
  • Appoints the City Treasurer, City Clerk, City Attorney, and members of various boards and commissions
  • Enacts ordinances, resolutions, and municipal orders
  • Adopts the annual budget
  • Levies taxes and collects revenues
  • Authorizes contracts on the City’s behalf
Appointed Positions
Clerk

The City Clerk serves as the official custodian of the City’s records and is charged with the recording and management of documents relating to the official actions of the City of Watterson Park, including minutes, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and deeds.

Aggie Keefe headshotAggie Keefe has been the City Clerk since 1981. She is the editor and designer of your City newsletter as well as designer and webmaster of this website. Since 1993, she has been the Managing Editor of Audience: Program Guide for the Performing Arts. Aggie’s hobbies include golf, crafts, gardening, and winemaking. She has been married to her husband, Dennis, since 2005. Together, they have four children and eight grandchildren.

Duties & Responsibilities of the Clerk:

  • Prepares minutes of each City Council meeting
  • Maintains and guards the permanent records of the City
  • Issues certified copies of official records
  • Serves as editor and designer of the City newsletter
  • Serves as webmaster of the City’s official website

Treasurer

The Treasurer is responsible for ensuring sound fiscal policies related to the use of City resources. He maintains custody of municipal funds and possesses responsibility for the deposit, investment, and disbursement of these monies. The Treasurer is responsible for determining the City’s cash needs to pay current obligations and to invest money that is not required to be kept liquid.

Jerry Wild headshotJerry Wild has been the Treasurer of Watterson Park since the City’s inception in 1981. Jerry retired from Advance Ready-Mix, where he was the Accounting Manager for 25 years. His hobbies include golf, exercise, and travelling. Jerry has been married to his wife, Kathy, since 1971. They have three children – Alan, Laura and Kevin – and six grandchildren.

 

Duties & Responsibilities of the Treasurer:

  • Collection and deposit of revenues
  • Accounts payable functions
  • Budget forecasting
  • Cash management duties
  • Interim financial statement preparation for the City

City Attorney

The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council and provides legal counsel and representation to the Council and Officers in matters relating to their official powers and duties. The City Attorney does not provide legal advice about personal or private matters of citizens.

John Treitz headshotA member in the Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC Louisville office, John Treitz has served as legal counsel for the City of Watterson Park since its inception in 1981. He is a member of the Business Entities and Transactions Practice Group, the Corporate Finance and Lending Practice Group, and the Real Estate Finance and Development Practice Group. Mr. Treitz’s practice focuses on complex finance transactions and commercial and residential real estate development and municipal corporation representation. He advises on the organization of businesses as general and limited partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies; and advises directors, officers, and shareholders of corporations regarding their respective rights and duties under various corporate laws. Mr. Treitz is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School.

Duties & Responsibilities of the City Attorney:

  • Represents the City of Watterson Park on all legal matters
  • Drafts resolutions and ordinances for the consideration of the City Council
  • Drafts and reviews contracts relating to city business
  • Performs legal research
  • Issues opinions on zoning, procurement, and other city-related activities
  • Handles some matters of litigation, risk management, and real estate transactions

 

 

 

 

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