Demopolis City Council names Fire Chief, VFW presents annual awards

Published 10:05 am Wednesday, June 22, 2022

During the June 16 Demopolis City Council meeting Mayor Woody Collins recommended Cpt. Jeb Bailey as the permanent Chief for the Demopolis Fire Department. Members of the VFW Post 5377 also presented their annual awards for Policeman of the Year and Firefighter of the Year.

Jeb Bailey (left) was named Fire Chief at the June 16 Demopolis City Council meeting. Photo by Andrea Burroughs




















Bailey has been a firefighter for 23 years, and until last Thursday he served as the interim Fire Chief for the DFD. Bailey received a unanimous vote from the Council.

Members of the VFW Post 5377 presented their annual recognition awards to Officer Rodriquez Jones for Policeman of the Year and Bo Hansford for Firefighter of the Year. Hansford has since moved to Tuscaloosa for work and his award will be delivered to him.

DPD Officer Rodriquez Jones (right) was recognized as the Policeman of the Year by the VFW Post 5377. Pictured with him is Post Commander David Heaton (left), and Mayor Woody Collins. Photo by Andrea Burroughs




















During the regular meeting, Collins announced that the City Landing has reopened to boaters. The project will officially be completed once lighting and a new pavilion are added to the area.

Collins also said there was a misunderstanding about who was responsible for paving the road alongside the landing. After looking into it, the city found it was responsible for paving the road. The city paid $44,000 to contractors who were already onsite and gave them permission to pave the street.

The Council approved an entertainment district for downtown Demopolis on June 28 when Main Street Alabama will formally announce Demopolis as a member of the program. The committee will take a walking tour of the downtown area.

Other items approved/discussed by the Council:

  • Approved the Chamber of Commerce request for Freedom on the River Monday, July 4, 2022
  • Approved request from DCS Superintendent Tony Willis to house DCS Maintenance Department in the former New Era Building
  • Approved Resolution 2022-09 Retirees Longevity Bonus. The bonus is for $25,678
  • Approved a quote from SUMMCO to repair the pavilion in Public Square for $14,877
  • The Public Safety Committee and City department heads have been working to determine how to enforce ordinances for overgrown and unkempt property. City Attorney Scott Stapp said it was recommended that ordinances not be changed, but enforced more rigorously.