Opelika to hold third meeting in town hall series

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By Will Fairless
Associate Editor

The City of Opelika is holding the last of its three town hall meetings Thursday, Sept. 24. The conclusion of the series will be in the Municipal Courtroom in Opelika from 6 to 7 p.m.

The first town hall event was called “Get to Know the Opelika Police Department” and was on Aug. 6. The second was on Sept. 3 and featured a panel of community leaders discussing “Improving Relationships with Our Youth.”

This third installment will be more like the second than it will be like the first, as a panel will be discussing “How We Can Better Communicate and Improve Community Relations.”

The panel comprises the following people:

• Mayor Gary Fuller

• Leigh Krehling, Community Relations Officer

• Taylor McAllister, Community Relations Coordinator

• Laura Leigh Chesser, PR Coordinator for Parks & Recreation

• Rosanna McGinnis, from the Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library

• Captain Shane Healey, of the Opelika Police Department

According to Krehling, “We will be sharing how we currently communicate with the public and looking for ideas on how we can communicate better/more effectively. We will also be discussing community engagement and how we can better serve the community as a whole.”

The meeting is open to the public, but seating will be limited to maintain social distancing. It will also be live streamed on the city’s YouTube channel (OpelikaCityGov). Both prior town hall meetings are still available to watch on the same channel. For more information, email lkrehling@opelika-al.gov.

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