Talladega city planner leaving for job in Montgomery
by Chris Norwood
Talladega’s first city planner is working his last week on the job this week.

Joel Wiggins, who came to Talladega in March 2011, will be moving to Montgomery next week, where he will be serving as the deputy director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association.

“The job really came about as a result of a rezoning meeting we had here,” Wiggins said. “The director of the association spoke to the council during a meeting where I provided some information for them. He asked if I was interested when the position came open. The new job is closely related to the work I did here on revising the manufactured home ordinance and on the rezoning we did here. Talladega is a very manufactured-home friendly town.”

Wiggins said working for the city has provided him with many opportunities to “interact with citizens relying on this industry.”

He said he provided notice to the city a month ago, and that he has been working since then to complete all of the projects on the table at that time. He has been with the city for two years and four months now, he said.

Working for Talladega “has been a fantastic opportunity for me, and the residents and city employees have all been more than welcoming to me. I really have loved living and working here. I am excited about the opportunity for interesting and challenging work that I have in front of me, but I will miss working here. I really appreciate the opportunity to serve, and I have really enjoyed it. I had some big shoes to fill, but we’ve been able to do a lot of things since I’ve been here. I am proud to be a part of some of the developments and good things the city has seen since I’ve been here.”

Wiggins was the first person appointed to the office of city planner, after the department-head level position of community development coordinator was abolished in the face of budget issues.

He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in public administration from Georgia College, and worked for regional planning commissions in that state before coming to Talladega.

His work was universally praised by the Talladega City Council and City Manager Brian Muenger Monday evening.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com.

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