John Elliott was introduced as a new Village of Walden trustee at last Tuesday’s village board meeting.
His appointment to the position came after Faith Moore resigned. Walden Mayor Susan Taylor called Elliot, asking if he was interested in the position and he was sworn in last Monday.
Elliott wanted to become a trustee because he believed it was a good way to give back to the community.
“I just want to help wherever I can and keep the village going in a good direction,” he said.
Elliott has always given back to the community, specifically to the youth population. He has coached Little League Softball and Cal Ripken Baseball in Walden. He is currently an assistant coach for the Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) softball team and is also the founder and president of Orange County Cal Ripken Baseball League.
As a travel softball coach for the Orange County Cyclones, Elliott won more than 30 championships, including the 16U USSSA New York State Championship in 2013, when his team was ranked eighth nationally. In 2014, his 18U team won the USSSA Connecticut State Championship.
Elliott further assists the Village of Walden as a part-time janitor at Most Precious Blood School. He also spent 21 years as a police officer, serving New York City and the Village of Ossining. Elliot retired from the police force in Dec. 2019.
With his new position, Elliott hopes to make Walden a better place for all of its residents.
“I’d like to make sure that our community is always gonna be in good shape, so that our youth can succeed through sports and whatever else,” he said. “We need our community to be in good standing for everyone to benefit from it.”