Longtime Leesville councilman Mike Elliott passes away

LEESVILLE -- Longtime Leesville City Councilman William "Mike" Elliott passed away on Tuesday evening.

Elliott, 61, served the city's District 4 under various administrations. An accountant, he founded Elliott and Associates, a CPA firm, in 1988. He provided accounting services for many public entities and boards through the years.

A native of Bernice, La., Elliott lived in Leesville for nearly three decades. He was a 1976 graduate of Louisiana Tech University and was a proud fan of the school.

Elliott was involved in the community outside of public service, as well. He was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church of Leesville, treasurer of the Leesville High School Wampus Cat Gridiron Club and was a familiar face at community functions, including at high school sports events.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. July 7 at the First United Pentecostal Church of Leesville.

Elliott had been hospitalized with health issues in recent weeks. He was slated to be sworn in next week as District 4 councilman for another term. He retained his seat in April with 60 percent of the votes in the district.

Fellow councilman Danny Dowd said Elliott's death is a great loss to the city.

"Losing Mike has been like losing a brother, a mentor for others, a large piece of what Leesville has been for the last 20 years. Mike was always one that would stand up for what he thought was right for his district and the city," Dowd said.

Dowd said he and Elliott grew close over the years -- especially in recent months.

"Mike and I often worked together on many things. We grew closer throughout our legal issues with the city this past year. When he believed in something, he would be very vocal about it and stood his ground. His constant companion, Torrie, has to be lost not understanding what has happened. Wherever Mike went, Torrie was by his side. Mike was at peace with his life and had accepted Christ into his life and is at peace in his new home," Dowd said.

Leesville Mayor Robert Rose released a statement Wednesday on Elliott's passing.

"On behalf of the Leesville City Council, the employees of the City of Leesville and the Mayor's office, I offer our sincerest condolences over the passing of Councilman William "Mike" Elliott to his family, Carolyn Simmons Swan, of Houston, Texas; his friends; and to the residents of our City, especially District 4, where Mike served. The loss of Councilman Elliott is a shock that has saddened all of us," Rose said. "Mike faithfully served his constituents in District 4 for 20 years and was about to embark upon his sixth term. His service to this city was marked by determination and a tenacious spirit, especially when he was pursuing what he felt was right."

Vernon Parish Clerk of Court officials on Wednesday said they notified the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office of Elliott's passing. Officials say an election will ultimately determine the vacant seat.

(Note: Photo provided by the City of Leesville)
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