Anderson council person arrested for DUI; suspended from VFD

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - An Anderson town council member has been arrested for driving under the influence and has now been relieved of her other duties in the town.

Mayor Leah Newton and officers of the Anderson Volunteer Fire Department met with council member and volunteer EMT Jeanne Smith behind closed doors Thursday morning.

This was the first official meeting between Smith and the other town leaders to discuss a suspension for her November 16th DUI arrest.

Fire department officials said Smith has served with the fire department as an EMT since the 1990’s.

“You don’t want anybody driving a town or city vehicle with a suspended license,” explained Jim Stanphill, the attorney who advises the town of Anderson.

Stanphill says Jeanne Smith signed an indefinite suspension, keeping her from being involved in any fire department activities until the DUI matter is resolved.

“Just to ensure that she and the town are protected from any mishap that may happen during her activities as an EMT, we want protect her as well as the town,” Stanphill stated.

As for sitting on the town council, Stanphill said that matter is left up to Smith as to whether or not she wants to continue her service to the town of Anderson.

The attorney representing Jeanne Smith says they have entered into a not guilty plea in Lauderdale County Traffic Court.

A bench trial has been set for February.

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