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Mayor's Blog

Mayor's Blog is the home for all city council remarks, recognitions, proclamations and special announcements made by City of Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller.

Jan 21

January 18, 2022 City Council Meeting

Posted on January 21, 2022 at 3:47 PM by Leigh Krehling

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and the City of Opelika is pledging to be a Trafficking-Free Zone. Through this program city employees will complete a training certification with the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking to learn how to demolish the demand for sex trafficking. The success of the program comes from the collaboration of law enforcement, businesses, and individuals working together to educate, enrage and engage. 

At this weeks meeting, I proclaimed January Human Trafficking Awareness month. Full proclamation.

You can learn more about the TFZ Program online at

Human Trafficking Proclamation Presentation Photo IMG_1886

L-R: Kay Kirkland- worthy2 (worthy squared), Courtney Furlong- Advisor- Students Against Human Trafficking (AU), Katheryn Guthrie- worthy2 (worthy squared), Mayor Gary Fuller, Cameron Rawls Perry- Special Agent, Attorney General's Human Trafficking Alliance, Teresa Collier- CTSP- Child Trafficking Solutions Project

It was my pleasure to recognize Olivia Nichols for her outstanding work with the Lee County Remembrance Project. Olivia will be leaving Lee County in the coming weeks to begin a new journey in life. I wish you the best of luck, Olivia. Full proclamation.  Olivia Nichols Proclamation Photo IMG_1891L-R: Parker Hamilton of Lee County NAACP, Ashley Brown of Auburn University, Olivia Nichols of Auburn University, Mayor Gary Fuller

Jan 07

January 4, 2022 City Council Meeting

Posted on January 7, 2022 at 10:23 AM by Leigh Krehling

At the Opelika City Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, I had the honor of accepting a $100,000 check from Point Broadband to support the construction of the 12 new pickleball courts at the Opelika Pickleball Facility. Construction of the new courts is currently taking place adjacent to the 12 existing courts and will feature a large canopy covering, 12 individually fenced courts and LED lighting. The 12 new courts will be known as the Point Broadband Pickleball Facility. 


Pictured in photo: Jim Young, President of the Opelika Pickleball Club, Sam Bailey, Director of Opelika Parks and Recreation, Mayor Gary Fuller, Al McCambry, General Manager of Point Broadband and Taylor Nipper, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Point Broadband.

We also showed our thanks to two Planning Department employees. Jeff Kappleman and Andy Bell received Attaboy Awards for their exemplary work. Jeff, Chief Building Inspector, received the Mentor of the Year award at the Code Officials of Alabama Association (COAA) meeting in August 2021. He was presented the award for his support and dedication given to the President and COAA organization. In the previous year, the COAA was recognized as Chapter of the Year by the International Code Council for its educational outreach programs to more remote areas of the state, scholarshiop awards and a focus on expanding certifications. 

Andy, Plumbing and Mechanical Inspector, received his Home Energy Rating System certification to use as an inspector and plans reviewer. The training helps educate builders on how to exceed requirements of the energy codes and help drive down energy costs for homeowners. He also recently co-authored "Understanding HVAC Load Calculation", a training manual developed by Southface that was published by the ADECA Energy Division. He also contributed in the development of the Energy Code Inspection Checklist used across Alabama by building inspectors to verify energy code compliance. 

Great work by both of these gentleman. We are proud you are part of the Opelika family.

IMG_1708L-R: Jeff Kappleman, Chief Building Inspector, Mayor Gary Fuller, Andy Bell, Plumbing and Mechanical Inspector, City Administrator Joey Motley, Matt Mosley, Planning Director

Dec 22

December 21, 2021 City Council Meeting

Posted on December 22, 2021 at 9:10 AM by Leigh Krehling

It was my honor to recognize Coach Jimmy Johnson at last nights council meeting. Opelika High School Head Boys Track & Field Coach, Jimmy Johnson, was named the 2020-21 Alabama Boys Track & Field (Outdoor) Coach of the Year by the NFHS Coaches Association. Coach Johnson was nominated by the Alabama High School Athletic Association as "most deserving for this honor". Honorees were selected based upon their coaching performance in the 2020-21 school year, lifetime community involvement, school involvement and philosophy of coaching. Coach Johnson has been the head track coach at Opelika High School for 11 years. Congratulations Coach Johnson! We are proud of you! 

Jimmy Johnson presentation IMG_1404

L-R: Mayor Gary Fuller, Coach Jimmy Johnson, OHS Principal Dr. Farrell Seymore, OCS Board Member Chuck Beams