Shepard to step down from housing authority board

Kellon Shepard, the longtime chair of the Phenix City Housing Authority Board, is leaving the group at the end of the current term.

Shepard, 81, has led the housing authority board for more than a decade and has been part of the PCHA board since the 1970s.

A retired 40-year employee of the Ledger-Enquirer, Shepard has also served the Phenix City community in a variety of roles, including president of the Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce, officer in the state and local Alabama Jaycees, and chairman of the former Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl Committee.

The Stagg Bowl, named after one of the winningest coaches in college football history, was sponsored by the Lions Club and played in Phenix City's Garrett-Harrison Stadium.

"I don't know how long he's served on that board, but I want the public to know that he has done a great job on that board," said Mayor Jeff Hardin. "He has taken it seriously and he knows the function and the purpose of that board. He has done a wonderful job. He represents the tenants very well and I just want to thank him for his service to the city and that board."

Councilmen John Storey, Arthur Sumbry and Ray Bush echoed the mayor's comments.

"Kellon has been on that board a long time," said Storey. "He has a lot of knowledge of how that board operates and he's sure going to be missed."