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Governor appoints Ron Scott to Pelham council

Published 11:36am Monday, March 26, 2012

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

Pelham resident Ron Scott will serve on the Pelham City Council until November after he was appointed by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to fill the council seat vacated by Mike Dickens.

Scott

The appointment came a little more than a month after the current four members of the City Council said they were unable to agree on who should fill the open spot, which has been vacant since early January.

Scott is the executive director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama.

After council members were unable to agree on a candidate, they sent a list of 10 candidates to Bentley’s office. Bentley then reviewed the list before announcing his appointment.

“I appreciate your willingness to serve in this position, and I am confident that your time will be spent in a matter to improve the state of Alabama,” Bentley wrote in a letter to Scott. “You are a servant of the people of Alabama, and I trust that you will fulfill your duties and set a standard for others to follow.”

During his Feb. 13 interview with the City Council, Scott said he has been living in Pelham for about seven years, and said he was concerned about “retail leakage to other communities.”

Scott also said he would like to see a Pelham-based business alliance and online Pelham business directory. Scott said he would be willing to run for a spot on the City Council during this summer’s elections.

“I would like to make certain this is a good place to live, work and play,” Scott said during the interview. “We owe it to ourselves to seek out the best practices of other communities and use those as a guide.”

In a press release, Pelham Mayor Don Murphy said he “looks forward to working with” Scott.

“I expect many great things for our city, and with the support of this council, we can start bringing some of them to fruition,” Murphy wrote. “I appreciate the time and attention Governor Bentley gave to his decision. I know he wants Pelham to continue to be a vital part of Shelby County and the state.”

  • SAVED

    Im going out on a limb My good book tell me to pray for our leader not only does Pelham leader need prayer our country as a whole need prayer for our leader.But Pelham is a great city (( SO MY LORD IN HEAVEN WILL YOU PLEASE TAKE CARE OF THIS WOUNDERFUL CITY GIVE EACH LEADER WISDOM AND HOLD THERE HANDS TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE. AND WE KNOW DEAR LORD IF WE MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS WE WILL MAKE SOME PEOPLE VERY UNHAPPY AMEN ))))

    • pantherlover

      I do agree Saved, but it is time to make some people unhappy by voting them out. We couldn’t do a whole lot worse than we are right now. We need to work towards real solutions to bringing businesses back, and real solutions to shoring up the tennis civic and golf club. Not fire museums, or swimming pools. It’s time to turn the city around.

  • David Ladewig

    Congratulations to Mr. Scott. Best wishes and success.

  • pantherlover

    Hopefully Mr. Scott can help bring the Council together to work towards the common goal of advancing the city and not helping friends and political supporters. We have seen far too many businesses close and move and the civic complex, racquet club and golf club are still losing money because of a lack of leadership ability mostly from the Mayor’s office and the unqualified and inexperienced people he has placed in charge of the civic complex. Can’t blame others after nearly 4 years. That’s a lack of leadership. My hope is Mr. Scott will be reasonable and have a real desire to advance Pelham.

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