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Hammock seeks second term


John Hammock has announced that he will be seeking re-election for mayor on Aug. 25, 2020. Mayor Hammock is married to Kimberly Baird Hammock and they have three children. 

Hammock and his wife are both graduates of Tallassee High School.  Kimberly owns and operates Urban Tails Pet Grooming Spa in historic downtown Tallassee. Hammock is a member of East Tallassee Baptist Church. He took office on Nov. 7, 2016 and was appointed superintendent of utilities that same night. 

Hammock received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business and a minor in History from the University of Alabama. Since Hammock has taken office in 2016, he has become a certified municipal official, certified in planning and zoning, grant writing, gas pipeline safety, leadership in economic development, and a graduate of Leadership Elmore County. 

Hammock was one of five mayors chosen this year to participate in the Design Alabama Mayor’s Summit.  The City of Tallassee under Hammock’s leadership has been awarded the most outstanding comprehensive plan for a city under 50,000 in population for 2019 and designated as an Alabama Community of Excellence. 

In 2016, Hammock set forth five main platform areas to address during his tenure as mayor: Economic Development, Public Safety, Education, Beautification, and Recreation.

Hammock stated, “Over the last four years, we as a city have made strides in infrastructure which is a key ingredient in economic development.” 

The city has also made many changes in public safety. 

Hammock said, “We have rebuilt our police department with new personnel, policy and procedures led by chief Matthew Higgins.” 

During Mayor Hammock’s tenure the city council earmarked additional revenues for infrastructure, renovations to the high school for safety measures, sidewalks, street repairs, and drainage problems. City owned properties were also a priority during Hammock’s first term. 

“We have made much needed repairs to the Recreation Center, Senior Center, ACTS building, City Hall, and sold three properties that were financially draining to the city’s budget.  

“It has been an honor and privilege serving as your mayor over the last four years. I along with the city council have worked tirelessly for all of you, garnering over $4 million in grants and I am asking for your vote again to see these projects through for a better Tallassee. I am a candidate that will be a voice for all people in Tallassee. I’m a man who doesn’t care which part of town you come from, your financial status or what race you are. I will listen to everyone in our city and I will always have an open-door policy because everyone has a place in our city and deserves a City Hall that works for them. 

“I have no personal agendas, nor will I be swayed by any special interest: I only have ideas that are for the benefit of the people and institutions of our city.  I will continue to be an ethical and fair public servant in all municipal issues. I promise to continue working even harder, this is just the beginning. On Aug. 25, cast your vote to re-elect me, John Hammock as your mayor.  Let’s continue to progress together for a better Tallassee for all.”