Police chief candidates named

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Two Troy Police Department captains will be interviewed for the position of chief of police prior to the Troy City Council meeting on June 28.

The opening is due to the retirement of Chief Anthony Everage effective Oct. 1, 2011.

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford said that the council decided to advertise for the position first in-house.

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“We have two outstanding candidates in Capt. Jimmy Ennis and Capt. Randall Barr,” Lunsford. “A decision should be made by the council’s first meeting in July.”

Council President Johnny Witherington said Melissa Sanders, city planning and zoning director, met with the council in work session prior to the council’s Tuesday meeting to seek the council’s involvement in the city’s mobile home zoning ordinance.

The mayor said much thought and consideration will have to go into implementing the city’s zoning ordinances, which are designed to protect the integrity of the city’s neighborhoods.

Pamela Green Nealey, new executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Pike and Surrounding Counties, introduced herself to the council and outlined the services that the Club offers the city’s young people.

“I come from Atlanta where I directed three Clubs, two of which I started from the ground,” Nealey said. “I’m here as an advocate for the children. The Boys and Girls Clubs are a national organization that serves all the children in our area.”

Dan Smith, parks and recreation director, also addressed the council regarding the opening of the Miracle Field at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The city council voted to appropriate $15,000 to the Miracle Field.

In other business the council,

• Authorized the removal of a dilapidated building at 719 Jones Street with the cost to be assessed to the property owner.

• Passed a resolution for a professional service agreement, IT Audit at a cost of $5,500.

• Passed a resolution to negotiate a loan with the city’s ID board in connection with “Project Fresh.”

The council voted to continue discussions on the adoption of the Pike County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan until the June 28 meeting.