Council approves Turley as police chiefe
PELL CITY — The City Council went to work Thursday night holding their first regularly scheduled meeting, appointing department heads and committee members.

The regularly schedule meeting is normally held on Mondays, but instead followed Thursday’s council work session because Monday is Veterans Day.

At the meeting, the council unanimously approved to reappoint Freddy Hazelwood as the water quality supervisor and Greg Turley as the police chief.

After a motion by Councilwoman Dot Wood to reappoint Greg Turley as the police chief, Councilwoman Sharon Thomas seconded the motion.

After the motion and second, Mayor Joe Funderburg asked the council to table the appointment.

Funderburg said he had concerns about the hours officers were working. He said officers work 10 hours shifts four days a week.

“The concern I have is that the four-day work week sets a bad precedence,” Funderburg said. “I think we need more consistency (from department to department).”

Funderburg said he wanted to know more about how and why police have four-day work weeks, while other city employees work five days a week. He questioned how the chief was handling comp time with officers, and asked the council to table their consideration to reappoint Turley until his questions were answered.

Council President James McGowan said the city’s police chief makes decisions about his staff’s work schedule.

“It’s up to him,” he said. “I don’t see a problem with that.”

McGowan said there were a motion and a second on the table, and he asked for a roll call vote. Under the new form of government, the mayor does not have a vote, and Turley was unanimously reappointed as the police chief by the council.

The council also appointed Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burdette as the Interim Fire Chief.

Officials said the city will advertise the vacant fire chief’s job at the first of next year.

The council appointed Thomas as the council representative on the city’s Planning and Zoning Board. She will replace Wood on the board.

McGowan also announced his committee appointments for the council. His appointments do not need council approval under the new form of city government, which change as of Nov. 5, because of an increase in the city’s population.

Thomas will chair the city’s finance committee, and McGowan will also serve on the committee.

McGowan is the chairman of the police committee, and Wood will also serve on that committee.

Councilman Jay Jenkins will serve as the chairman of the street/shop committee. Councilman Terry Templin will serve on that committee.

Jenkins will chair the library committee. Wood will serve on that committee as well.

Wood is the chairwoman for the parks and recreation department committee. Thomas will also serve on that committee.

Templin is the chairman for the fire department committee, and Thomas will also serve on that committee as well.

McGowan will head up the utilities department committee, and Jenkins will also serve on the committee.

The council also reappointed Greg Gossett to serve as the city’s representative on the Coosa Valley Water Supply District Board.

In other matters, the council:

• Approved to hold work sessions the Thursday before the second and fourth Monday of each month at 4 p.m.

• Approved resolutions designating Metro Bank, Union State Bank, BB&T, Regions Bank, PNC Bank and Aliant Bank as depositories for city funds.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

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