Our view: State taking notice of local officials
Aug 02, 2012 | 1399 views |  0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The news of late suggests that the good things happening around St. Clair County are grabbing the attention of state officials.
Recently, Don Smith, the executive director of the St. Clair County Economic Development Council, served as executive director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s statewide conference. Subsequently, he was named to the board of directors.
“There are a number of decisions that are made that affect the community statewide,” Smith said. “Now St. Clair County will have a direct voice in those matters. Those decisions that have been made in the past have been beneficial for our community, because we do take a progressive toward economic development.”
Smith’s appointment, while a great honor, is not unique for this county. Earlier this summer, District Attorney Richard Minor accepted a role as vice president for the Alabama District Attorneys Association, for the coming 2012-2013 term.
The statewide notoriety has extended to members of the county’s legislative delegation, as well. Already, Sen. Del Marsh, who represents the eastern half of the county, serves as president pro-tem in the Senate. Rep. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, has taken on a leadership role in the House of Representatives.
Another member of the county’s legislative delegation, Blaine Galliher, was named legislative director for Gov. Robert Bentley late last week. Galliher has been a very active presence in St. Clair County, even though he calls nearby Rainbow City home.
We congratulate them all. We thank them for the work being done in the county, and the rest of Alabama.

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