The Village of Covington Government Center is located at 1 South High Street in Covington. Elected officials consist of mayor Ed McCord and six council members; Keith Warner, Lois Newman, Bud Weer, Joyce Robertson, Scott Tobias and Judy Smith. Michael Busse is the Village Administrator.
Ed McCord, Mayor
Ed was born in Portsmouth, Ohio and raised in Ashville, Ohio (small town south of Columbus). He graduated from Teays Valley High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Ohio University. Ed later obtained his Master’s Degree from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.
Ed moved to Covington in 1975 after accepting a teaching position with the Covington Exempted Village Schools. From 1975-1985 he served as a teacher, coach and administrator within the school district. In 1985, Ed left Covington to pursue a career as a school administrator. During the years of 1985-2002, Ed was principal at Ayersville High School in Defiance, Ohio; Madison Plains High School, London, Ohio; and Hilliard Heritage Middle School, Hilliard, Ohio. In 2002, Ed and his family returned to Covington in pursuit of the small town values that they had greatly missed. He completed his administrative career as principal at Piqua Junior High School, Piqua, Ohio, where he retired in 2009.
Ed has served as Mayor of the Village of Covington since 2010. He was first elected Mayor in 2010 to fulfill the unexpired term of the late Gary Bell. Ed has since been re-elected twice and is currently beginning his second four year term. Prior to being Mayor, he was appointed to Village Council in 2009. Ed believes his position as Mayor offers him a unique opportunity to help preserve Covington’s small town values, while at the same time promoting a high quality of living as well as growth within the community.
Ed and his wife, Lisa, have been married for over 30 years. They have three married children and five grandchildren. Ed’s interests include Covington Buccaneer sports, as well as other sports in general. He enjoys reading, golfing, vacationing in Hilton Head Island and spending time with family.
Michael, Busse, Village Administrator
Michael Busse joined the Village of Covington as Village Administrator in 2012. As Village Administrator, Mr. Busse is responsible for the day-to-fay operations of the Street and Utility Departments, the Covington Community Park, and for the future planning and budgeting for the Village.
“I enjoy analyzing village operations to find ways for the Village to be more efficient,” he said. “I feel this position is very rewarding because residents can see the positive improvements that have occurred as a result of the various projects our personnel has been involved in.”
Mr. Busse brings an extensive background of knowledge and experience in all areas of municipal operations to the Village of Covington. He graduated from the Shelby County Ohio Police Academy in 1987 and began his career in village government as a patrolman for the Village of Minster and then followed with stints as a patrolman for the Villages of Fort Laramie and Russia.
In 2001, Mr. Busse joined the Village of Russia on a full-time basis, where he served as the Chief of Police and later as Village Administrator – positions he enjoyed until the opportunity arose to join the Village of Covington in 2012.
Mr. Busse continues to reside in Russia with Becky, his wife of over thirty years. He has two children and seven grandchildren.
Lois Newman, Council Member
Being a life-long resident of Covington, Lois Newman has always looked for opportunities to give back to the community. Which is why she jumped at the opportunity to join the Village Council when the opportunity presented itself in 2012.
“What made me want to be on Village Council is helping the people of Covington,” she said. “I like knowing what’s going on and helping the village move forward in a positive direction.”
Lois has extensive experience in management as she has managed apartments for years. She feels this knowledge and experience is beneficial in helping the village accomplish goals.
Joyce Robertson, Council Member
Serving the community has been a life-long endeavor for Joyce Robertson as she learned the joy of helping others from her parents, who were members of the VFW and held several offices. Joyce became actively involved with the VFW in her youth in annual poppy sales.
A graduate of Covington High School, Joyce was a member of the first group to graduate from the two-year Intensive Business Office Education Program. While completing a correspondence course with the National School of Aeronautics (NSA), Joyce was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency. She has an Associate of Science Degree from Edison State Community College, graduating with honors, and is a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College, graduating Magna Cum Laude focusing on Business Management with an emphasis on Business Administration in the public sector.
Joyce then went to work for the Central Intelligence Agency as a GS-2 clerk, became a GS-7 Stenographer, and ended her thirteen-year career with the CIA as an Administrative Assistant in a GS-10 position. Several years later, Joyce started Robertson’s Word Processing, which was a very successful endeavor. One of her clients, a local attorney, recruited Joyce to be his personal injury and bankruptcy paralegal, which spanned seven years. She then worked for the Prince William County Finance Department until her return to Covington.
Active in her community, Joyce was a member of the Community Involvement Team (CIT), working with other parents from the county, as well as school officials and teachers to develop the first Family Life curriculum when “sex education” was mandated by the Governor of Virginia. Joyce has been a Brownie Leader, a women’s auxiliary, serving three Presidents and also worked for the Upper Valley JVS from April 2007 to June 2011.
Currently, Joyce cares for her aunt and works for the Miami County Board of Elections on a part-time basis. She was elected to the Village of Covington’s council in 2010.
Judy Smith, Council Member
Raised in Covington and a graduate of Covington High School, Judy Smith brings a passion for serving the community since joining the Village Council in 2016.
“I was raised here and graduated from here,” she said. “I lived in Piqua until widowed and returned to Covington in 2012. I had an interest in serving the Village of Covington, which is why I chose to get involved as a council member.”
Judy is proud to utilize her education and experience as a Real Estate Associate/Service Writer in helping the village make decisions that will benefit the Covington Community. And in a short time she has already felt rewarded.
“What makes this rewarding is having the opportunity to learn more about the village and residents,” she said.
Scott Tobias, Council Member
Scott Tobias has been involved with the Village Council since 2002 as a member of the Planning and Zoning Committee – a position Tobias feels very rewarding.
“I was appointed to a second term for a vacant seat (in 2002) and I have continued all of these years because I have found the position interesting and rewarding,” Tobias said. “Being a part of a group making decisions to keep Covington well maintained and moving forward is what makes this a rewarding experience.”
He also brings a wealth of experience to the table as he has worked for the Miami County Housing Authority for nearly three decades – acquiring skills that help Tobias in the decision-making process.
“I’ve worked as a housing inspector for the Miami County Housing Authority for twenty-eight years,” he said. “That experience is beneficial in making decisions that benefit Covington.”
The Village of Covington is a special place for Tobias as he has spent his entire life in Covington and has chosen to raise his family here.
“My wife and I enjoy the small town atmosphere,” he said of living in Covington. “I’ve lived in Covington all of my life and raised my children here, so we spend most of our time with our family in the area.”
Keith Warner, Council Member
Retired after 35 years employed at Sears, where he was an Operations Manager, and nearly nine years at Healthcare Pharmacy (now Remedi Senior Care), Keith Warner wanted to use his extensive knowledge and experience to make the Village of Covington the best possible community in which too live by becoming a council member in January of 2015.
“I accepted the position because I felt with my background as an Operations Manager at Sears, I can look at a problem from both sides and make a good decision for the village, the residents and businesses,” he said.
Keith is a life-long resident on Covington and a 1969 graduate of Covington High School. He has raised his family in Covington and enjoys the quiet life the village has to offer.
“I’ve lived in Covington all my life,” Keith said. “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I’m very proud to have raised my family here.”
In his spare time, Keith enjoys spending time with his growing family and taking trips to the lake in the summer.
Bud Weer, Council Member
A life-long resident, born and raised in Covington, Bud Weer has spent the majority of his life having a positive impact on the community. Retired after nearly 40 years in management of manufacturing engineering, facilities and safety, Bud chose to continue impacting the Covington community in a positive way as a member of the Village Council in 2013. As a Council Member, the position is very rewarding for Bud as he enjoys have a positive impact on the lives of residents.
“I enjoy helping move the village forward and providing quality services to make the lives better for the community,” he said. “After retiring, I just really wanted to give back to the community.”
In his spare time Bud enjoys the simple things in life – woodworking, spending quality time with his children and grandchildren, and following the Buckeyes of The Ohio State University.