Last night's Opelika City Council Meeting was filled with many recognitions! To begin, I recognized JaQuan Sanks, a gentleman who works for Packaging Corporation of America, for his kindness and heroism in helping an elderly lady from Columbus. Thank you JaQuan for showing the community there are still good people in this world!
I proclaimed October 2022 as Pro Bono Month! Pro Bono Month 2022 will educate the public about the extensive, community work of Alabama lawyers. It will encourage more individuals in the legal community to get involved in pro bono work, financially support the legal aid system, and feature legal aid clinics for those in need of legal assistance but unable to pay. District Attorney Jessica Ventiere accepted the proclamation at council.
I recognized the two Firefighter of the Year Runner Ups for 2022, who were Michael Clifton and Phillip Bell. The 2022 Firefighter of the Year is Dennis Hanson. Congratulations to all of you! It is well deserved!
Pictured: Chief Boyd, Phillip Bell, Mayor Fuller Pictured: Chief Boyd, Michael Clifton, Mayor Fuller
Pictured: Chief Boyd, Dennis Hanson, Mayor Fuller
Officer Grant Cow of the Opelika Police Department received 2022 Officer of the Year. Kole Pagan was recognized as Dispatcher of the Year and Officers Quintana, Hunter, Phillips and Foster were recognized as Community Police Officers of the Year! Thank y'all for your service to Opelika!
Pictured Above: Chief Healey, Kole Pagan, Mayor Fuller Pictured Above: Chief Healey, Officers Quintana, Hunter, Phillips, Foster ad Mayo Fuller
The City of Opelika Citizens Police Academy's Alumni Association awarded a check to Carol Carson, the artist for the commission art piece used for the Association's fundraiser.
Then, I had the opportunity to hand out the 2022 Employee Service Awards. The Service Awards are as follows: Barbara Arrington - 10 years, Jeff Kappelman - 20 years, Matt Battles - 10 years, Jeff McCory - 25 years, Wesley Ballard - 10 years, Bret Rayburn - 10 years, Rusty Hornsby - 25 years, Stephen Fields - 25 years, Chette Jenkins - 5 years, Dwayne Steltenpohle - 5 years, Detective Burroughs - 5 years, Shanda Hugley, Captain Amerson - 25 years, Sgt. Gross - 10 years,Sgt. Hutto - 10 years