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Mayor's Blog

My blog is a place where I brag on the great things people are doing in our community. From proclamations to awards to events and more, I love recognizing those who make a difference in Opelika.

Aug 17

August 16, 2022 City Council Meeting

Posted on August 17, 2022 at 11:11 AM by Celina Becton

Last night at the August 16th City Council meeting, I recognized two incredible officers for their acts of service for the City of Opelika. 

Officer Grant Gow received the Life-Saving Award for acting in a professional manner and saving the life of an individual that, without prompt action, would otherwise have been lost. Thank you, Officer Gow! 

Officer Gow

Officer Christopher Fisher received the Meritorious Service Award for displaying a high degree of initiative, job proficiency and ability during a sensitive situation. Thank you, Officer Fisher!

Officer Fisher

I also got to recognize the young professionals who will be participating in the 2022 - 2023 20 Under Forty Class! Good luck Everyone!

20 Under 40 2022 - 2023 class 

I officially proclaimed August 18, 2022, as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated Day! They will be celebrating their 43rd anniversary during the week of August 18th - 21st! 

Alpha Sorroity

Aug 03

August 2, 2022 City Council Meeting

Posted on August 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM by Celina Becton

Last night was full of amazing recognitions! I began the council meeting by presenting a proclamation congratulating OHS student Alexandria Torbert for being elected as the Future Business Leaders of America’s National Secretary! That is an amazing accomplishment for a high school senior! We are so proud of you, Alexandria!

 Alexandria Torbert


I also recognized the 2022 Opelika YES! Program Students for their hard work over the summer. Way to go students!

       Jasmin Meadows

Pictured is Jasmin Meadows, a graduated OHS student who worked with Opelika ESG this summer. 


Opelika Main Street and I also recognized and thanked our First Responders who helped with the Downtown Opelika Fire on July 21st. Thank you First Responders for all that you did and for acting quickly to keep the fire from spreading! The First Responders recognized were Opelika Fire Department, Opelika Police Department, Auburn Fire, Lee County Emergency Management Agency and Opelika ESG.

Opelika Fire Recognitions - OFD

Pictured: Chief Boyd - Opelika Fire Department          

Opelika Fire Recognitions - Auburn Fire


Pictured: Auburn Fire

Opelika Fire Recognitions - OPD

Pictured: Opelika Police Department   

Rita Smith - Lee County EMA

Pictured: Rita Smith - Lee County EMA Director 

Jun 22

June 21, 2022 City Council Meeting

Posted on June 22, 2022 at 9:09 AM by Celina Becton

I began last night's city council meeting with great honors and awards! Allison Duke received an Attagirl Award along with the Meritorious Service Award! Allison's efforts have given the Opelika Police Department national attention and recognition for its K-9 unit, dispatchers, training division and the entire department. Congratulations, Allison, and thank you for everything you do for OPD! 

Allison Duke with Mayor and OPD

Peterson and Williams Funeral Home have been serving the citizens of Opelika since July 1922. I had the honor to give a proclamation of congratulations to Peterson and Williams Funeral Home on its 100th-year milestone of service and dedication to the families they serve. Congratulations on 100 years and thank you for serving the City of Opelika! The Chamber also gave recognition to Peterson and Williams Funeral Home.


Peterson and Williams Funeral Home Proclamation Chamber with Peterson and Williams Funeral Home