By Michelle Key
During Monday night’s Lee County Commission meeting, Sheriff Jay Jones recognized four individuals on their promotions within the sheriff’s office.
- Dennis Harrell to the position of lieutenant. Harrell is part of the school resource officer’s division
- Daniel Scivicque was also promoted to lieutenant. He is in the investigations division.
- Jimmy Taylor was promoted to the office of Captain and has been named as the chief investigator for the sherrif’s office.
- Erin Pierce was promoted to corporal and is second in command for her patrol shift.
“They all have demonstrated capabilities of leadership and demonstrated that they are willing to do the job that is required to be done and certainly uphold the standards that we set and the sheriff’s office wants to recongize them publicly tonight,” Jones said.
Also during the meeting, City Engineer Justin Hardee spoke of Lee County Highway Department Special Projects Coordinator Joey Hundley on his upcoming retirment after 25 years of service to Lee County. “Joey is a mentor and is a friend and he has been all these years. I hate to see him leave. I wish him well in his retirement,” Hardee said.
In other business, the commission:
• heard from David Scott Johnson on the commission’s decision to reaffirm Lee Road 3 as a public road
• heard from former commissioner John Andrew Harris regarding the sale of Windover Farms Trailer Park – Commissioner Richard LaGrand requested that City Attorney Stan Martin research laws regarding “opportunity zones” in order to determine if the commission has any legal standing to be involved in this matter
• held a first reading on the citizens interest for from James Majors of Valley for a position on the Beulah Utilities District Board
• approved John Johnson to remain on the Lee County Recreation Board – the decision to vote on the second position for the LCRB was moved to the next meeting. Houston Black of Cusseta and John Southwell of Valley have both submitted citizen interest forms for the position
• approved a change order for the HVAC replacement at the detention center – The final phase contract did not require the full contingency allowance requiring the need for the change order to reduce the contract by $52,272.49 in order for the contract to be closed out
• approved an aerial photography contract with Kucera International, Inc. for photogrammertist services for Lee County as part of a cooperative that is made up of Auburn University, the cities of Auburn and Opelika. The total contract amount is $504,716 with the county’s portion being $217,075.22
The next meeting will be on Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. because of Monday of that week being Veteran’s Day.