LOWELL — Frank Elliott, the late father of Rodney Elliott, taught his son to never give up, stay the course and pursue his goals.
On Monday morning, the younger Elliott was rewarded for taking to heart the advice from the man he called his inspiration and best friend.
After serving for 16 years on the City Council, Elliott finally secured the support of his colleagues to ascend to the position he has long sought, mayor of Lowell.
The new City Council voted unanimously for Elliott, who heartily embraced his colleagues following the vote and then was led up toward the rostrum by his daughters, 28-year-old Katelyn, and 16-year-old Mikayla, to be sworn in.
“All good things come to those who wait,” Elliott said.
Former Mayor Edward “Bud” Caulfield, who stepped in to sing “God Bless America” at the conclusion of the swearing-in ceremony, said he also expects big things from the council led by Elliott.
I know that this is supposed to be a happy day…turning the page…new beginnings…yada yada. But if I don’t say something, nobody will. Bud Caulfield sucks at singing. Like terrible. Someone along the way told him he had great pitch and the guy hasn’t shut up since. I bet he overpowers everyone in church too. Settle down, Mariah!