New administration settling into job

Published 11:00 pm Friday, November 9, 2012

Atmore’s new administration will hold its first official meeting Monday — and new council members are ready to get to work.

Three of Atmore’s five city council members returned for new terms this election season, as Webb Nall Cornell Torrence and Chris Walker all won their races. But new faces are also seated on the council as Susan Smith and Chris Harrison got the nod in Districts 4 and 5, respectively.

“I’m really excited about coming on board and working with everyone and just looking forward to that,” Harrison said. “I look forward to helping out and getting out and getting the citizens opinions on things.”

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Harrison said he is currently receiving training from the League of Municipalities and is looking forward to putting that knowledge to use.

“Yesterday I had a little training course I had to go through,” Harrison said. “I think we’ve got a lot of great things on the horizon and I think that Atmore is headed in a good direction.”

Smith also voiced her excitement over her upcoming work on the council.

“It is time to go to work, and I’m very anxious about it,” Smith said. “I’ve talked with the mayor and several councilmen about some things I’m anxious to get started on. Just throwing out ideas and telling them how glad I am to be a part of the council.”

Smith, too, said she feels confident about the new government’s potential.

“I just feel like we are going to really have our work cut out for us, but I think that we can make progress in many, many facets of Atmore government,” Smith said. “Each one of us on that council, including the mayor, is vested into this community.”

Newly-elected Mayor Jim Staff agreed and said he believes the new council is a good combination of people who care about Atmore and its residents.