Government

OF THE CITY OF TROTWOOD, OH

mary mcdonald council member

Your City’s Leadership

Where Community & Business Find A Home

The City of Trotwood is a community long defined by its entrepreneurial spirit and civic pride. We are an inclusive community that challenges pre-conceived notions about integrating urban and rural, agriculture and commerce. Our leaders are proactive and work hand-in-hand with community members and businesses to create a better city.

Mayor’s Message

RECENT SUCCESSES

Growing Together

  • we've added over 300 jobs in the past two years
  • 30 plus new businesses now call Trotwood home
  • $13 million in the new capital investment in the past two years

City Council

MARY A. MCDONALD
Mayor
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MARY A. MCDONALD
Mayor

Mary A. McDonald is Mayor of the City of Trotwood, Ohio and has served on City Council since 2005. She is owner/operator of True Style Hair salon, a premier establishment serving the Miami Valley for over 38 years. She has also worked with various cosmetic companies such as Fashion Fair Cosmetics, Revlon, Flori Roberts, and many others. Her passion to serve people lead her to work with cancer survivors in restorative imaging.


Mayor McDonald is passionate about Trotwood and has ignited the City of Trotwood with new energy and a “can-do” spirit. Her tireless work has seen 10 million dollars in new capital investment throughout the city.


Mary’s leadership and vision has positioned the city into a regional leader in home ownership and financial stability. In her first year as Mayor, economic development within the City of Trotwood has experienced a dynamic resurgence in the repurposing of many retail structures and the relocation of several major corporations to the area. She has driven a vision for improvements made to parks, specifically John Wolfe Park and other recreational areas in the City of Trotwood. One of Mayor McDonald’s major initiatives was the renovation of the former Trotwood Community Center which will now be home of the Trotwood Community and Cultural Arts Center. Through her efforts, the City of Trotwood has experienced several partnerships from State and Federal leaders that will provide positive benefits to its residents. Mayor McDonalds vision has lead Trotwood’s success to be a regional player in the greater Miami Valley.


Mary is a proud mother of two children, Alexandra “Kate” Rivers (Shamel) & Daniel Caldwell as well as Gigi of the dynamic Sydney & London Rivers.

Bettye L. Gales
Vice Mayor, Ward 1
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Bettye L. Gales
Vice Mayor, Ward 1

Vice Mayor Bettye L. Gales first served on the Trotwood City Council as a member at-large, and she currently represents the citizens of Ward 1. She has been a Trotwood resident for over 40 years and is married to Waverly Gales. They have 2 children - Michael and Michele - and 7 grandchildren. Both of their children are successful graduates of Trotwood-Madison High School.

Experience


Vice Mayor Gales is a retired civil servant, having served at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 28 years. She has also worked for Prudential Insurance Company, the State of Ohio Unemployment Bureau, AFLAC, and Richard Allen Schools. She is currently teaching at the Trotwood-Madison High School as an Intervention Specialist.

Education


Ms. Gales earned a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management from Park University. When she began teaching, she earned a Master's Degree in Special Education (MEdS), a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership (MEdL), and Ohio Principal Licensure from Antioch Midwest University (formerly Antioch University-McGregor). During her 1st service to the community as a member of the City Council, she also started leadership classes at the National League of Cities.

Memberships


She actively participates in several other service organizations in the community, the most important being a member and appointed Trustee of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. Ms. Gales is an Executive Board Member of the Trotwood Peace Place, a mentoring group for young adults involving conflict and resolution. She is also a founding member and Vice President of the Trotwood Women's Association. Other memberships include the Order of the Eastern Star and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Message Ms. Gales states, "I would like to advise and encourage all citizens to become involved in our city government."

Ronald Vaughn
Council Member, Ward 3
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Ronald Vaughn
Council Member, Ward 3

Ronald Vaughn is currently serving his 4th term for the City of Trotwood as an elected Council Member for Ward 3. Mr. Vaughn is married to Maureen and is the proud parent of 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren. Mr. Vaughn has been a resident of Trotwood for more than 30 years.

Professional Experience


Mr. Vaughn was in the U.S. Navy for 4 years where he served on a Nuclear Polaris Missile Submarine as a Nuclear Auxilaryman and Navy Diver. Mr. Vaughn is also retired after 25 years of service as a Public Safety Lieutenant; where he oversaw Police, Fire, and Rescue activities as a Crew Commander. In 1982, Mr. Vaughn started Clipper Courier Logistics which currently has offices in 3 major Ohio cities.

Memberships


He has served as a Board Member on several private and nonprofit organizations, and he participates as a member of several area Chambers of Commerce as well as service organizations.

Goals & Accomplishments


As a Council Member, Mr. Vaughn's primary goals have been to see property values increase, improve the quality of life for Trotwood residents, and reduce homeowner tax burdens. During the past several years as Ward 3 City Council Representative, he has been able to meet his 2001 campaign priorities on a variety of issues.


Prior to Councilman Vaughn's 2002 election, Trotwood had a deficit budget of $1.67 million dollars. He helped create a balanced budget in 2003, 2004, and 2005. During his tenure, there have been no new taxes, and he has helped improve the city's accountability to citizens for the use of their tax dollars.


Mr. Vaughn helped create Trotwood's Mission, Strategic Plan, and Vision, the Citizens Budget Review Committee, and the Comprehensive Financial Yearly Report. He helped reduce the cost of city services by approximately $900,000 2 years in a row by combining employee job duties and streamlining many city departments.


He helped create a T.I.F. District and helped leverage grant monies from county, state, and federal government sources. He also developed a partnership between businesses and city government to develop shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, educational facilities, and commercial / industrial development to relieve homeowner tax burdens and fund improved city services.

Rhonda C. Finley
Council Member, At Large
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Rhonda C. Finley
Council Member, At Large

Council Member Rhonda C. Finley, a lifelong resident of Ohio, holds Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees from Wright State University.

Professional Experience


Rhonda Finley is the Deputy Program Manager, Geospatial and Signatures Acquisition and Architecture Flight, National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She manages an over 25 personnel consisting of contractors and subject matter experts with a total contract portfolio of $30 million. In this capacity, Mrs. Finley provides program support in acquisition and serves as a the contract execution liaison in support of the Overhead Persistent Infrared mission related strategic sourcing efforts for NASIC. Additionally, she is designated as a Government Task Manager of the Advanced Technical Exploitation Program (ATEP) II.

Memberships


Council Member Finley has been very active in the community -- she championed the development of Trotwood's Community Garden and volunteered for a number of organizations -- including the Trotwood Chamber of Commerce Board, Friendship Village Judging Committee, Trotwood City Schools Reading Program, Mayor's Annual Golf Outing, Youth Golf Association, NAACP Youth Council, and Film Dayton. She is also the church secretary volunteer at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church.

Background


She is one of seven daughters born to Robert and Connie Allen, who instilled in her the principles of hard work, integrity and strong family values. Married to Anthony "Tony" Finley since 1988, they are the proud parents of one son, Matthew, who resides in Los Angeles.

Robert L. Kelley, Jr.
Council Member, At Large
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Robert L. Kelley, Jr.
Council Member, At Large

Council Member Robert L. Kelley, Jr., is a native and lifelong resident of the Dayton, Ohio area and has been a resident of Trotwood since 1997.

Professional Experience


Mr. Kelley is the retired Director of the American Red Cross Family Living Center, formerly known as the American Red Cross Emergency Housing Program, Dayton Chapter. In that capacity, he was responsible for all housing/facilities management and support operations, financial transactions, supervision of staff, administration and interpretation of policies to staff, and interfacing with management, individuals, community, business organizations and legislators. Mr. Kelley is proud to have helped to serve over 10,500 families.

Memberships


Mr. Kelley serves on the Rev. P.E. Henderson, Sr., Family Life Center 501c Committee and on the Deacon Board of the Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church. His career has been one of service and advocacy. He hopes to serve the residents of the city of Trotwood with that same energy and commitment.

Background


Mr. Kelley is a graduate of Roosevelt High School (Dayton) and Central State University (Wilberforce), where he earned a Bachelor of Sociology Degree in 1971. He has been a licensed Social Worker for more than 30 years.


Council Member Kelley is married to Hope Garland Kelley, his wife of over 40 years. They are the proud parents of three grown daughters. He hopes to channel is spirit of service into becoming a vessel for transparent communication and accountability between the residents of Trotwood and City Government, in the interest of positive change.

Tyna R. Brown
Council Member, Ward 4
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Tyna R. Brown
Council Member, Ward 4

Professional Experience


Council Member Tyna R. Brown is currently a Licensed Real Estate Title agent with 20 years of experience working directly with the community, realtors, developers and business leaders.


Her core values of integrity, selfless service, dedication, and respect for others has served her well. She brings a high level of integrity, professionalism and enthusiasm.

Memberships


She is a member of Mt. Enon Missionary Baptist Church where she serves as the Vice President of the Usher Board.


She is the mother of one daughter, Aryanne Jefferson.

Yvette Page
Council Member, Ward 2
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Yvette Page
Council Member, Ward 2

Yvette Page is currently serving her first term for the City of Trotwood as an elected Council Member for Ward 2.

Background


Council Member Page has 3 adult children; Anthony, Brent and Monique Page as well as 3 wonderful granddaughters that also reside in Trotwood.


Growing up in Nashville, Tennessee, Ms. Page was educated through the Public School System. Ms. Page graduated from Pearl High School with honors where she was President of her Senior class. She attended Fisk University with a four year scholarship and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Economics.

Professional Experience


With aspirations of finding better employment after working for U-Haul Inc. and Associates Financial in Tennessee, she moved to Ohio in 1979 where she has been a resident of Trotwood, Ohio for 39 years. Ms. Pages first employment opportunity was Elder Beerman Department Store as a Supervisor. Today, Ms. Page is employed with Reynolds American Incorporated. She has been with this company for over 36 years. Council Member Page is also Secretary of Phillips Temple Missionary Society and member of their Mass Choir.


In the first speech given by Ms. Page, she quotes Socrates "If man should move the world, He must first move himself". This was her call to run for office but her main objective was to be the voice of the people of Trotwood.