My family and I moved to this area back in 2002 but it wasn't until 2008 that I started paying close attention to the politics of Anniston. And that was due to the antics of the then Mayor and City Council Members.
With the election of 2012 brought a small glimmer of hope that the city of Anniston may once again become the "Model City" as it was named so long ago.
At some point I heard the phrase "One City, One Vision" being exclaimed by city officials. Yet today the city is still divided and I'm not sure the vision is so clear to the citizens of Anniston.
With the election of 2016 over and done with there will have been a new Mayor put into office, depending upon the upcoming run-off election we'll have to wait to see who that may be, but I'm sure most anyone can guess what the final outcome will be. Perhaps that one city has only one vision to keep doing the same things over and over again.
Is this helpful to the citizens of Anniston? Not hardly!
In more recent news it has been reported that the Chief of Police was suspended for a day with no pay because he spoke about an incident involving the Police Department. While it may be true that this violated a City Policy, a policy written by the City Manager, this has caused more negativity to be shown upon the city of Anniston.
With what has been happening over the last several years in the city of Anniston is it any wonder why families and businesses are moving away and others are not willing to relocate here?
"One City, One Vision"...
City leaders, what is the one vision you wish to have for everyone to see?