City of Madison Prepares For New Leadership

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - In mere months, Mayor Paul Finley will be cleaning out his desk and there will be a new face of leadership in Madison. After the August 28th municipal elections, either mayoral candidate Don Palmer or Troy Trulock will be moving in and taking on the tasks that have contributed to the city's growth over the years.

In addition to a new mayor, at least three city council seats will have a fresh face this fall.  Two members decided not to run again and another gained a seat on the Madison County Commission. Another three seats are being challenged.

"The great thing is the new administration, from a mayor and council standpoint, have a lot of projects that are getting ready to start and will continue to be a part of making and bringing them to fruition," said Mayor Finley.

With the potential for such drastic turnover, Finley recognizes some citizens may have concerns after they've come to be familiar with the current administration. But Finley is confident the city is ready for a change.

"Where I know we'll be covered, as a resident, is we have a sterling group of department heads, focused on our citizens, understanding customer service and doing the things we would expect. So my face will change but the folks in the service we get in the city absolutely won't." said Finley.

And for whoever takes their place behind his desk this fall, he has a word of advice:

"Have the mission, focus on our mission. I'm very proud we continued to do that - to improve quality of life. So if you make every decision on that and not getting reelected, then typically you're doing what the community wants."

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