Charles Rousseau is joined by his family as he is sworn in as a county commissioner for District 5. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

It was an occasion filled with joy and celebration. A packed house filled the Fayette County Commission chambers Thursday evening to ring in Charles Rousseau’s newly-won term on the Board of Commissioners.
The audience was as enthusiastic as his special election victory was resounding, smiles marking the faces as they lined up to take photos with their newest commissioner, the one representing their Fifth District.
“When we embarked upon this journey, there was a high degree of uncertainty, but the response from the community at large was overwhelming,” Rousseau said to the crowd. “My family and I are humbled to receive that support from the community.”
Rousseau was joined by his family and spoke about their importance in his life. He was flanked by wife Cheryl, daughters Kennedy and Kendall, sisters Associate Pastor Jennifer Cumbertach and Romano Robinson, and mother Dr. Sylvia Rousseau. The emotion was heavy as he choked up talking about his mother, who he called “the epitome of service to mankind.”
“I stand here representing her and my father, who, as a pastor, had to exemplify service to congregations and to communities,” Rousseau said, joking, “I learned that both at their knee and across their knee.”

(L to R) Commissioners David Barlow, Charles Oddo, Charles Rousseau, Randy Ognio, and Steve Brown take a moment before the start of their first meeting together.