Outgoing mayor celebrates village’s upward trajectory

Marci Darlington, outgoing mayor of Mount Sterling

(Posted Dec. 12, 2023)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

In a farewell speech at the last village council meeting of the year, Mount Sterling Mayor Marci Darlington encouraged residents to continue to share ideas with village leaders and celebrated the progress Mount Sterling has made over the last few years.

Darlington’s four-year term as mayor ends Dec. 31. She did not run for re-election.

Darlington said interactions among citizens, council members, and staff members have generated good ideas. Some of those ideas have come to fruition, some have not.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean the idea or concept was bad, just that it didn’t best serve the public at that given time for whatever reason,” she said at the Dec. 11 council meeting. “That doesn’t mean folks should give up on bringing their ideas to the table. We need your ideas, your perspectives.”

Darlington said she is proud of the positive direction in which the village is moving, emphasizing that the citizens deserve nothing less than an upward trajectory. She noted that Mount Sterling has been the butt of jokes around the county and state for past “blemishes.” That tide is turning, she said.

“Through dedication and hard work by our amazing staff and our recent councils, things are changing for the positive. People aren’t laughing at us anymore. They are applauding us for our resolve. They’re cheering us on to better things that are coming,” she said.

A major hurdle cleared during Darlington’s time in office was the village’s release from fiscal oversight by the state in 2022. The release was six years in the making. The need for the oversight stemmed from theft and fraud committed by former village officials.

Darlington thanked residents, village representatives, volunteers, and others inside and outside of the village for never giving up on what she calls “a little treasure of a town.”

Prior to being elected mayor in November 2019, Darlington served as a Mount Sterling council member for eight months, filling a vacated seat. Her experience in public service also includes time as parks and recreation director for the village of West Jefferson.

Several Mount Sterling council members and staff thanked Darlington for her service as mayor.

“I believe you are leaving the community in a better place than how you found it, and that, in and of itself, means everything,” said council member Andy Drake, Darlington’s successor as mayor. “I have greatly valued your partnership, your spirit, and your enthusiasm to bring people together.”

Council member David Timmons acknowledged the challenges that come with being a mayor, saying he appreciated the work Darlington did. Village administrator Tom Byrne and village fiscal officer Courtney Bricker said the same.

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