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Council takes utitilities role from Hammock

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee City Council has voted to remove the title of superintendent of utilities from Mayor Johnny Hammock. The decision passed with a unanimous vote at the Oct. 12 meeting.

The motion was made after the council went into another executive session - the fourth straight in as many meetings.

"The city council acted in a manner that we felt is in the best interest of the City of Tallassee," said councilman Bill Godwin, who serves as mayor pro tem and made the motion.

The removal from the role will cost Hammock $50,000 annually. Hammock is making $25,500 annually as mayor.

The superintendent of utilities position increased in pay from $25,000 to $50,000 per year in January of 2020. The mayor's salary increased by $1,500 annually shortly after Hammock was first elected in 2017.

"I will now be focusing on the work we started five years ago in making Tallassee a better place to live," Hammock said. "My team and I will continue to research grant opportunities and review projects that will only help improve the city. In five years, under my leadership we have brought in over $4.3 million in grants to improve our city's infrastructure, public safety departments and utilities departments."

In August, Hammock announced his candidacy for Alabama Public Service Commissioner Place 1 with intentions to continue serving in public office in Tallassee. The Republican Primary will be on May 24, 2022.

*Link to City Council Motion