Family and friends of the newest members of Middletown City Council attended the swearing-in ceremony on Dec. 19 at the Middletown City Building.
The first woman to be directly elected as Middletown’s mayor, Nicole Condrey, along with elected council members Talbott Moon and Monica Nenni were sworn in by Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron.
The city charter requires newly elected council members to be sworn-in during the month of December prior to taking office on Jan. 1.
All three were elected in November to four-year terms. After their oaths of office were administered and signed, each council member made some brief comments.
“It’s a long journey on the campaign trail and ends in this,” Nenni said. “It’s a really nice moment to share with you.”
Nenni thanked her supporters and family for caring so much and believing in her, which she said meant a lot to her.
“I look forward to holding this office and doing so with the most integrity I that I can with a lot of passion, a lot of great ideas for the future of Middletown which we are all passionate about,” Nenni said.
Nenni is also following in her father’s footsteps as Paul Nenni served on the Middletown City Commission from 1991 to 1999.
Moon, who was re-elected to a second four-year term in November, welcomed Condrey and Nenni to council as well as thanking his supporters, family, friends and God. He called serving on council a “family endeavor” as his parents and in-laws are pressed into baby-sitting service and some public and community functions become “date night” with his wife.
“I’m sure we won’t agree on everything, but as long as we keep the city and the residents at the heart of what we’re focusing on, I’m sure those disagreements will pale in comparison with all the good we’re going to do,” Moon said to his fellow council members. “I’m incredibly optimistic about the future of Middletown. I think we have a great group of people. We have some big choices in front of us including the selection of a new city manager, but I have no doubt that if we work as a team, we’ll get it done.”
Moon and Nenni were the leading vote-getters in last month’s five-way council race.
In her brief comments, Condrey thanked the community for its support of Middletown’s elected officials.
“I’m looking forward to working you guys as my new teammates,” she said.
As part of her comments, Condrey also quoted from the first African woman head of state and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia: “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.”
“I look forward to working the citizens of Middletown and their shared dreams for the future of this city,” Condrey said.
Employment: General manager of Start Skydiving; professional skydiver
Residency: 2 1/2 years
Other: Former U.S. Foreign Service officer information management; U.S. Army civilian electrical engineer; other federal service; also worked for Motorola. Has logged more than 1,600 jumps as a skydiver. Involved with the Victory Project in Dayton and Blue Skies for Good Guys and Gals
Education: University of Notre Dame, bachelor's degree in electrical engineering
Employment: Co-owner of West Central Wine and the Gold Beret Boutique in downtown Middletown
Residency: Born and raised in Middletown; lived for a short time in Cincinnati
Other: Downtown Middletown, Inc. board member and design committee chair; former board member of the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Marketing Association
Education: Miami University speech communication degree; 2004 Fenwick High School graduate
Employment: Agency principal at Moon & Adrion Insurance
Family: Married; two sons
Residency: Lifelong resident
Other: Elected to Middletown City Council in 2015; vice mayor 2018-present
Education: Bachelor's degree from Miami University; Middletown High School class of 2000
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