Florence residents have new leadership in City Hall and City Council

FLORENCE, Ala. - There are several new faces in Florence municipal government.

It was standing room only inside the Florence City Auditorium Monday as elected officials took the oath of office. Incoming mayor Steve Holt was the first to be sworn in.

Holt said there is a lot of unfinished business from the previous administration, and he plans to get those projects completed. He says getting a new animal shelter up and running is at the top of his to-do list.

110716-steve-holt“It’s dragged out for three almost four years; I want to see it built,” Holt said. “I have talked at length with the seniors and the Senior Center. That one is still a little bit in limbo as whether or not we can do anything with the old country club. If we can that’s one thing, if we can’t then I may change direction.”

The new council members also took the oath of office. Attorney David Bradley will represent District Three. Michelle Rupe Eubanks takes over the District Four council seat.

And District One is now represented by Kaytrina Simmons. She will also serve as the council’s President Pro-Tem.

110716-kaytrina-simmons“I want to move forward in getting the projects left behind, let’s move forward in getting those projects done. Also a top priority of mine, as far as my district, let’s move with the bridge and revitalize and re-energize District 1,” stated Simmons.

District Two representative Dick Jordan will continue to serve as Council President after a unanimous vote by the new council.

District Six representative Andy Betterton and District Five Councilman Blake Edwards were also sworn back into office.

The Florence City Council will have their first meeting on Tuesday, November 15th at 5 P.M.