Thanks To Jackie Battles For His Service As A Houston County CommissionerRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Nov 13 2018 8:10 PM
HOUSTON COUNTY: Tonight at the stroke of midnight ends the tenure of Jackie Battles as Houston County Commissioner, District 3.
Jackie was elected in 2010 to serve the people of Houston County. While you are elected in a district, a commissioner in reality serves the entire county.
Jackie saw growth as a county commissioner with new jobs coming to the area. Some of those were small businesses and some large, to include Commercial Jet and Glasstream.
Jackie made a proposal that commissioners accepted that garbage was to be bagged in the county. Jackie's thoughts were that helped in the Sanitation Department not dropping debris around and making a mess.
During Jackie's tenure the one man one truck came about in the Sanitation. The commissioners purchased garbage cans and one arm bandit trucks to reduce the stress on people lifting garbage cans and making the sanitation department more efficient.
During Jackie's tenure several miles of roads were resurfaced in District 3 and around Houston County. Drain pipes were replaced in several roadways across District 3 making the roads safer.
In the 2018 - 2019 budget, Jackie and the entire Houston County Commission supported giving Emergency Medical Services an increase from $ 21,000.00 to $ 26,000.00.
During Jackie's tenure as a Houston County Commission he was part of a historic purchase in the Houston County Sheriff Department. Never has the Sheriff Department got 15 new vehicles in one year. Sheriff Valenza and the Houston County Commissioners asked the legislature to pass legislation for a process service fee. That fee eventually paid for the 15 new vehicles but the Commission fronted the money to purchase the vehicles.
During Jackie's tenure the Commission voted to purchase a new radio system for the Sheriff Department, the 17 Volunteer Fire Departments and 5 volunteer Emergency Medical Units that serve Houston County. The Houston County Commission has the money set aside for the construction and implementation of the new radio system.
Jackie Battles along with Chairman Mark Culver served on the City of Dothan-Houston County Communications District Board. During their tenure, with Mike Schmitz as Chairman and the Dothan City Commissioners as fellow board members, a new $ 5 million dollar facility was constructed. The idea was a joint communications center with Emergency Management. So far it is only a co-located Dothan Police and Houston County Sheriff communications center with Emergency Management in the building.
After construction of the new facility, Commissioner Battles and the other team members of the 911 Board voted to ask the Alabama Legislative Delegation to change the 911 Board. Change it to those who are using the system and a part of the system that knows more of what is needed in emergency service. That legislation passed and the make up of the 911 Board changed.
Commissioner Battles was one of the team commissioners who hired Chris Judah as Dothan-Houston County Emergency Management Director. Through Judah's leadership he has brought the Emergency Management agency leaps and bounds forward building it into a agency that is well respected and active in the community. Judah is about being prepared.
Commissioner Battles and the fellow team members of the commissioner requested a wage study of the workforce for Houston County. Because of that wage study employees have seen the benefits by getting paid for the job they are doing.
No one commissioner can do anything. One commissioner can not even adjourn the meeting without a second and a majority vote. So it takes a team effort. Since Battles service on the commission, they have disagreed some and discussed some, but have worked together as a team. And as a team made some positive steps for Houston County to improve the lives of the people of this county.
Jackie, thanks for your 8 years of service to the citizens of Houston County. And for the record folks, Dothan is in Houston County, not Houston County in Dothan. That means, a County Commissioner serves the citizens inside and outside the City Limits of Dothan and all municipalities in Houston County.