Council hires new city magistrate
by W. Brian Hale
May 12, 2011 | 2281 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OAKMAN — After six months without having anyone in the office of city magistrate, the Oakman City Council hired Sanquenette Johnson to occupy the position at a special called meeting on Wednesday night.

Johnson’s salary was established at $10 per hour with a 40-hour work week. Also set was her weekly business hours of 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Her hours will revert to a part-time schedule of 30 hours a week once the seven-month back log of court cases are caught up.

In actions involving Johnson’s hiring:

•A resolution to allow Johnson to train under the magistrates at the Jasper Municipal Court passed 4-0. Patt Blackwell, Jack Smith, Marion Constant and Steve Windham voted yes. Mayor Joyce Todd did not vote.

•A motion to have Johnson bonded and added to the city’s insurance passed unanimously.

•A resolution to send Johnson to magistrate training classes in Montgomery when the next set of classes become available and to pay for all of the expenses the training entails passed with a 4-1 vote. Blackwell, Smith, Constant and Windham voted yes, Todd voted no.

•A motion to have the locks on the door to the magistrate’s office changed and for Johnson to have the only key passed with a 4-1 vote. Blackwell, Smith, Constant and Windham voted yes, Todd voted no.

Oakman City Attorney Charles Tatum said he will check with the Alabama Office of Courts for Johnson’s certification requirements and when the next classes will be available in Montgomery for Johnson’s training.

The city council also voted 4-1 to pass a motion removing anyone who disrupted the meeting without being properly recognized. Blackwell, Smith, Constant and Windham vote yes, Todd voted no.

Council member Dennis Welch was absent from the meeting.

Tripp appointed new street department director in Parrish

PARRISH — The Parrish Town Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to appoint Larry Tripp as the director of the street department.

Tripp, who was previously working as the acting director in the absence of a permanent director, drew vigorous praise for his hard work and attention to detail during Tuesday’s City Council meeting from Mayor Wayne Gross and members of the Council.

“I’ve had some members of our community call me and compliment the work Larry’s doing in the town,” said District 1 council member William Smith. “They’ve been extremely appreciative of his efforts and I think he’s going to do wonders for Parrish.”

The street department was formerly managed by James Smith Jr.

Also at Tuesday’s Council meeting, town officials unanimously approved a motion to give town clerk Marcy Brown the authority to purchase a flag pole to be placed next to the town’s new sign on Alabama Highway 269.