Rodney Elliott was born in Lowell Massachusetts on August 21, 1960 in the section of the City once known as ‘Little Canada.” His family has since moved to Pawtucketville section of the City where he currently resides with his wife, Laurie.
Councilor Elliott’s father was born and raised in the ‘Acre’ section of the City, a graduate of St Patrick’s School and Lowell High School. His mother was from Dracut and a graduate of St Louis Academy in Lowell before becoming an Operating Nurse at the former St Joseph’s Hospital in Lowell. Rodney has five sisters. As a child, he attended Ste. Jeanne d’ Arc School and then Pelham High School.
Councilor Elliott and his wife, Laurie have two adult daughters: Katelyn and Mikayla. His oldest daughter, Katelyn, is married (Kyle Griffin) and they have three daughters: Brooklyn, Whitney, and Carly. Both of his daughters are Registered Nurses (RN), achieving their college degrees of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Katelyn has been a nurse on Labor and Delivery at Lowell General Hospital and Mikayla is on Med Surge Oncology at the Brigham and Woman in Boston. Both Councilor and Mrs. Elliott are extremely proud of their daughters’ accomplishments.
Education and Experience
Councilor Elliott earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Plymouth State University, a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree from Suffolk University and a Master of Art (M.A.) degree in Political Science from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He also attended American University and UMass Lowell.
Councilor Elliott has held a full-full time job while serving as a Lowell City Councilor for the past twenty-four years. He is currently the Assistant Regional Director with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), managing over 80 facilities including: coastal beaches, swimming pools, dozens of parks trails and forests. In his role for DCR, Councilor Elliott oversees over 400+ employees. Prior to working for DCR, Councilor Elliott was the Director of Brownfields Redevelopment for the State Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) where he managed the redevelopment of contaminated hazardous waste sites.
For twenty-five years, Councilor Elliott was employed at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-the first 3 years of which were spent in the Comptroller’s Office in Washington DC as a Budget Analyst. The remaining 20+ years were spent in the Boston-New England Office where he served in various capacities including: Superfund Community Involvement Coordinator, Congressionnel Liaison, and Program Analyst. Councilor Elliott held certifications as Contract Officers providing oversight of several million dollar contracts at the New England Regional Laboratory. His experience includes financial management, budget oversight, hazardous materials and emergency responder. In his 25 years with the EPA, Councilor Elliott has accumulated skills in management, budget oversight, and hazardous materials and emergency responder.
Prior to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he served as the Administrative Assistant for the Town of Groton, Massachusetts, serving a three-member Board of Selectman. He was responsible for the operation and management of the Town's $12 million budget. Councilor Elliott was also a City Planner for the City of Lowell for five years and Legislative Assistant for the Massachusetts State Senate for four years.
Public Service and Selected Legislative Accomplishments
Councilor Elliott was first elected to the City Council in 1997 and was elected Mayor in 2015. He has been appointed as the Chairman of the Finance subcommittee for 22 years, and is currently still in that role. Since his tenure as Chair, the City’s financial stability has moved from being under the receivership of the Department of Revenue (DOR) Fiscal Control Board to achieving one of the highest bond ratings from Standard and Poor (AA-). In recent credit report ratings, the ratings agencies of S&P and Moody’s have remarked on the city’s “very strong” financial management and the strongly embedded fiscal policies. He has been selected to be Chairman of many important City Council Subcommittees such as: Zoning Board of Appeals, Economic Development; Downtown Development; Flood Subcommittee; Youth Activities; Cannabis Control; Environment Committee; Technology and Utility and many more.
Councilor Elliott has also served as the Council representative on the City’s Disability Commission, Community Teamwork (8 years) and liaison to the Veterans Commission, Union representative to the Greater Lowell Vocational High School.
In January of 2015, Councilor Elliott was selected as Mayor by vote of his colleagues on the City Council. During his term as Mayor, he instituted many initiatives including: Established a designated POW/MIA Table Setting in Lowell City Hall; established the Mayor’s Opioid Task Force; created Lowell Veteran’s Commission; set up Blue Ribbon Commission for Smith Baker Center Redevelopment; set up Cambodian Monument Committee and raised $50,000 to build it. Mayor Elliott was instrumental in establishing the Branch Street Fire Fund for survivors of the horrific fire.
Mayor Elliott was the first mayor to visit Cambodian and was a guest speaker in Belfast Northern Ireland. As Mayor, he also received Presidents of Kenya and dignitaries from India (Mahrarashi), Cameroon, Nairobi, Columbia, Greece. President of the Azores, Portugal and Mayor of Belfast Ireland. Mayor Elliott was awarded “Person of the Year” from the African Cultural Council; leadership award from the Cambodian Community; accepted the Gateway City Award from the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA); and accepted the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) Award City of Lowell.
Other Accomplishments and Civic Engagement
Councilor Elliott civic engagement is extensive and has served on numerous Boards and raised thousands for so many charitable organizations including:
- One Khmer
- Community Teamwork Inc - Board Member
- Friends of Council on Aging - Past President, Director
- Lowell Boys and Girls Club -Board Member
- East End Club: Member
- US Bunting Club - Member
- Lowell Lodge of Elks - Former Executive Board member, Current Member
- Pawtucketville Citizens Council - Executive Board; Member
- Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust - Member
- Lowell Youth Soccer Association - President, Treasurer Coach 26 years.
- SJA Summer Basketball - Coach 6 years
- Highland Basketball - Coach 5 years
- Ecumenical Athletic League - Coach 4 years
- Saints Medical - Board of Governors
Rodney has dedicated his life to his family and community.