Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Replacement for Jim Holland/Roger Creekmore

James Holland, long time Muscle Shoals City Councilman passed away this week leaving the citizens the loss of a friend to many. The last 24 years was spent at the city council table making decisions that have long lasting effects.

Now the task of appointing his replacement to serve the next few months until the municipal election is held. The City Council can appoint someone to that position, or defer to the Governor. It would seem fitting the City Council appoint a person that has no personal, political or religious ties to any of those sitting on the Council at this time.

A female would be a means to bring a new perspective, given there has never been a female on the City Council. Some would advocate for a minority, which a female is in many aspects, although a minority has previously served on the City Council. The Council's history appointing persons to fill vacancies on City and other government Boards does not leave women with the feeling this City Council has much faith in women serving in all key areas.

M.S. ELECTRIC BOARD - NO female / NO minority
N. AL. GAS BOARD - NO female / NO minority
APPEALS BOARD - NO female / NO minority
SEDA - NO female / NO minority

The eligibility requirements set forth by the City Council is NO ONE can serve simultaneously on any Board the City Council has appointing authority, to which the M.S. website shows a violation when you look at the violation of one serving on 2 Boards. The City Council should spend time reviewing their current Board appointees and be sensitive to gender equality now and for future appointments.

Leslie M. Shoals


These are now available at most Muscle Shoals mini-marts:


We are endorsing Roger Creekmore for Place 5 on the Colbert County Commission. Mr. Creekmore is a rare politician with ethics and deserves your vote.


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