The Phenix City Council has appointed Kelvin A. Redd to the Phenix City School Board, quickly filling a vacancy left when board member Eddie Lowe took the reins as mayor this week. The vote, made Tuesday at council’s first regularly scheduled meeting, was unanimous.
Redd, 45, is the director of the Center for Servant Leadership at the Pastoral Institute in Columbus and previously served on Phenix City’s planning commission. A Central High graduate, Redd has strong ties to school district. Both of his parents worked in the district, and he has a daughter at Central.
“He’s an asset to the community,” said Phenix City Councilman Arthur L. Day Jr. “He’s a nice young man.”
Phenix City Schools Superintendent Larry E. DiChiara also welcomed Redd’s appointment.
“He loves Phenix City Schools and will be a great ambassador for our schools, teachers and children,” DiChiara said. “His experience with servant leadership fits perfectly within our school district’s emphasis on service to others.”
Council also reappointed City Manager Wallace B. Hunter, City Attorney Jimmy Graham and City Clerk Charlotte Sierra, retaining a trio that worked under the previous administration. The reappointments dispelled speculation that the all-new council might consider parting ways with Hunter and others who worked alongside the recently ousted council.
“There’s a lot of experience there,” Day said. “They are in the know, and I think they’ll be a tremendous help to the Phenix City Council.”
Lowe said it’s important for the new council to engage the city government. “Let’s get to know people to see where we are and what we all bring to the table,” he said. “You don’t go in making those changes without knowing what the worth is of people. If things are not getting done, you make changes.”
In other action, council decided to move one of its regular meetings from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to allow citizens a better opportunity to attend. At an organizational meeting Monday, councilmembers tentatively agreed to hold the second meeting of each month at 5 p.m., saying 6 p.m. might be too late for city employees.
That changed at Tuesday’s meeting, but Lowe noted that the new schedule is “not written in stone.”
“This gives them a chance to come to meetings and to see how city government functions,” said Day, who had promised later meetings during his campaign.
Council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. EST on Nov. 20.