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Remembering Leesville Councilman Mike Elliott

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 LEESVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The city of Leesville is mourning the sudden loss of 20 year city councilman William "Mike" Elliott. An accountant, he was a businessman, with a passion for public service.

Longtime friend and fellow council member Danny Dowd says "he represented his district really well. I don't think there was a time I could ask Mike something about his district that he couldn't give me an answer.. it was his passion".

Mike Elliott served as Leesville City Councilman in District 4 for two decades. and was gearing up for a sixth term when his health took a turn for the worst. At just 61 years old, Elliott passed away Tuesday evening. 

"I would say its like losing a brother. It hit me hard, still does and always will. Mike was a jovial fellow, big supporter of Leesville and his district," says Dowd.

The pair went through some of the toughest times together, but no matter what, Elliott fought for what he believed in. 

Dowd says, "no matter if he was in the majority or not, mike stood his ground. He was like a bulldog, he got tenacious with it".

According to Mayor Robert Rose, "Councilman Elliott and I weren't always in agreement politically but what I know and came to appreciate is that he was determined, dedicated to his beliefs and he was willing to speak up".

Though he was a dedicated City Council member, and business owner, Mike Elliott always found time for his community. 

According to Dowd, "he was an avid sports lover, he supported Leesville High School Wampus Cats, he was either at a game or listening to it on the radio".

"He certainly presented himself in such a way that he was willing to give people advice about the community. He was someone you knew you should work with and coordinate with," says Leesville City Administrator Courtney Christian.

As the city of Leesville looks to the future, one thing is certain.

"The wealth of knowledge that experience gives any individual is to be admired, and it's going to be a large seat for someone to fill," says Courtney.

"He's going to be deeply missed, not only in the city but other communities that Mike has worked with through his accounting business, they have lost a good friend".

Mayor Rose is currently working with his council to appoint an interim replacement for Elliott. A Memorial will be held for him at First Pentecostal Church in Leesville on July 7th at 11 AM.

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