Edward Riehl took office as Bellevue mayor in 2011. (Images courtesy of Mayor Riehl)
BELLEVUE, Ky - How well do you know the top man or woman in your community? Each Wednesday "Meet the Mayor" introduces you to the people charged with keeping Tri-State municipalities ticking.
Just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati sits this small town of about 6,000 people. Its mayor says there's plenty to love about Bellevue's shopping scene. Not to mention two eateries that draw diners from around the Tri-State.
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About the Mayor
Edward Riehl has served as Bellevue mayor for four years. Before that he was a city council member for 17 and spent 11 years as a volunteer firefighter for Bellevue. Born and raised in Bellevue, he is a Republican.
A graduated of Bellevue High School, Riehl holds a degree in masonry construction. His salary as mayor is $4,000 per year. Riehl's day job is at Art’s Rental Equipment and Supply in Newport, Ky.
Q &A with Mayor Riehl
1. What is the single biggest issue facing Bellevue?
Passing a balanced budget and fighting against crime to keep our citizens safe.
2. If someone were to visit your town for the first time, what should they see and do?
"Eat dinner at Virgil’s Café. Get dessert at Schneider’s Sweet Shop. Then shop till you drop on Fairfield."
3. What is your proudest accomplishment as mayor?
"Gaining ownership of the iconic Marianne Theatre ." Mayor Riehl announced the purchase of the building on March 12. According Cinema Treasures, the Art Deco structure opened in 1942.
4. What do you hope is different about your town in ten years?
"Finished current developments and other redevelopment underway."
5. What are your political aspirations?
"Never say never, maybe."
6. I bet you didn’t know ...
...That the current city building was the original schoolhouse in Bellevue.
(Photos provided by Mayor Riehl)