HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Mayor Don Hall is back on the job. He's been off for the past couple of weeks following his DUI arrest on September 5th. The mayor tells us this incident has prompted him to get help.
Mayor Hall declined to speak on camera today but told WHNT News 19 he was deeply moved by the many calls, cards, emails and visits from people offering their support and wishing him well. He asked for prayers and forgiveness.
Hall was arrested earlier this month in Limestone County and charged with driving under the influence.
In a formal statement, Hall said, "I feel like I have disappointed and embarrassed the City of Hartselle, the members of the council, the city employees, my church and my family. For that I am truly sorry."
He says the incident has, "…brought me to the realization that I had developed a serious problem and that I needed professional assistance."
He has spent the past two weeks getting that help.
Kim Upton, who operates Milestone Recovery Ministries, a program for women dealing with substance abuse issues, herself stepped away from alcohol 16 years ago and says anyone in Hall's position would be dealing with a wide range of emotions.
"A lot of humility, embarrassment, shame, especially being in the position that he's in as mayor, I know he's just very, very humble right now," Upton said. Like others, Upton says she stands behind Mayor Hall.
Hall described his arrest as a wake-up call, the impetus to finally get the help he says he's needed for some time. Beyond that, he declined to make any other comment about the case until the charges have been settled.
He is scheduled for court on October 16th to answer the DUI charge.