Earlier this month, local legislators donated $15,000 to the town of Geraldine to purchase new lights at the walking track and Senior Center, and the town of Geraldine hired a new police chief.
According to Mayor Chuck Ables, Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Red Hill, and Rep. Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, presented the $15,000 check in a work session earlier this month.
Ables said in an email that the men also donated an additional $6,000 for the town’s fire department. He said Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, also contributed to the grants, but was unable to attend.
During the work session, the town also discussed contracting with Revenue Discovery Systems, who would review the way the town collects and processes its business licenses, as well as collection and processing of sales tax. Ables said the town also discussed ways to use additional revenue that would be generated by the recent 1-cent sales tax increase.
Ables said during the work session that Police Chief Sedmon Allen had resigned to take a job as an Alabama State Trooper. He said Assistant Chief Matt Crum was named acting interim.
Crum then gave the council a detailed report of activities from the police department for the month of October, Ables said. He also said Crum detailed his credentials for the council and took questions, which he had requested.
Ables said following the work session, in a special called meeting, he stated his intention to officially promote Crum to chief. But, he said at the council’s request he agree to “relinguish his authority to appoint the chief” so the council could be involved in the process. The council chose to allow more time for applications for the position.
Ables said the motion received a second from Councilman Stanley Rooks, and it passed 4-2.
At the town’s regular monthly meeting on Nov. 13, the Geraldine Town Council met and unanimously voted to hire Matt Crum as the town’s police chief.
Geraldine will take applications for assistant chief through this week and will accept them up until Nov. 27 at 4 p.m.
Geraldine’s council selected Verlon White as its Grand Marshal for the Town Christmas Parade, which will be Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
Ables said White was a standout basketball player at Geraldine, as well as a former police officer, and he has been involved in coaching and organizing youth sports for Geraldine for almost 60 years.
Ables said White is currently in charge of the youth football program for all ages.
The council also agreed to accept bids through Dec. 1 for mowing and maintenance of the Town Park. Ables said bid details can be picked up at Town Hall.