FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – One of the largest cities in north Alabama has a new leader.
Monday morning, longtime License Commissioner for Lauderdale County, Mickey Haddock was sworn into office as the new Mayor of the City of Florence.
Haddock says this was a day he’s been waiting on.
“All the anxiety and all the excitement and everything builds up before the kick-off, and we’ve kicked off and now it’s time to go to work,” he said.
On the top of Mayor Haddock’s to-do list: repairing the relationships that have become strained between the City of Florence and Lauderdale County.
Haddock’s first step in the process, getting the city council and county commission together in the same room.
“Let’s talk about the joint ventures that we have, let’s talk about the efforts that we make together,” said Haddock. “How can we better enhance those efforts, and the relationship between us and the county?”
Mayor Haddock says the city and county have a lot of things in common, and that’s why the city and county need to repair and build a relationship together.
But Haddock also says it’s okay for Florence and Lauderdale County not to agree on all issues that face each board.
“When we get the citizens unified in an effort, and their government unified in an effort, there’s no limit in what we can do,” he said.
Mayor Haddock says he plans to be a hands-on leader, promoting Florence as a city of industrial and retail growth.
Political newcomers Dave Smith, representing District One, and Blake Edwards, representing District Five on the Florence City Council, were also sworn into office Monday morning.