Demopolis officer earns awards at police academy graduation

Published 6:02 pm Thursday, August 1, 2013

Jonathan Sommers, a Demopolis police officer, won several awards Thursday at police academy graduation in Selma, DPD Chief Tommie Reese announced at Thursday’s council meeting.

Sommers won three out of five awards given to the 27 members of his class, according to Reese. The three awards Sommers won were for most improved physical fitness, patrol driving and academics.

In other business, the council approved a proclamation for National Night Out, which will be Aug. 13, from 5-9 p.m. at the Demopolis Middle School football field and New Era parking lot. The Demopolis Police Department sponsors the annual event, but Demopolis Fire and Rescue, Alabama State Troopers, AMSTAR, Air Evac and other agencies are participating.

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The council also discussed the need to fill a position on the board of adjustments following the death of Rev. Shepherd. Current board alternate Blair Parr will move up to a full member, leaving the need for another alternate. Eddie Lomax is will become the “senior” alternate.

During announcements and reports, Mayor Mike Grayson said the personnel committee will soon start back on revising the personnel handbook.

District 1 Councilman Charles Jones Jr. also asked each councilman to come to the next meeting with the names of two streets they would like to see paved. An engineer’s report has also recommended streets for paving.

“If we do not set a day or time, we are going to be sitting here talking about it a year from now,” Jones said. “One thing I want to do is pave some streets. We just need to get involved — sitting here wishing for it, it’s not going to happen.”