“He has strong support from the community,” Mayor B.J. Meeks said. “People have confidence in him, and they confide in him.”
Meeks said Wesson cares about the city and the position is not “a stepping stone” for him. “He’s stepped on every stone there is in Childersburg,” Meeks said.
Wesson, who began his career in 1973, replaces former Chief Shane Burnette, who resigned in the spring.
Wesson said serving as interim chief has helped in the transition.
“All the guys (in the department) have worked good and have been a big help,” Wesson said.
Wesson said he anticipated there would be some departmental changes. Included in his goals is that the department be professional in their service to the community.
“We are here to serve and protect the public,” he said.
Another goal Wesson has set is for the community to get to know their officers. “When they drive up, I want people to know we are there to help.”
Wesson pledged to have an open door and is ready to serve the community 24/7.
Personnel status changes for both city employees and board members dominated the Council’s agenda. Changes and appointments included:
• Approval of the hiring of one full-time firefighter.
• Promoting firefighter Caleb Williams to permanent full-time.
• Promoting Nutrition/Transportation employee Phyllis Fair to permanent full-time.
• Promoting Street and Sanitation employee Anthony Murphy to permanent full-time.
• Appointed Mavis Newman to a five-year appointment on the Parks and Recreation Board.
• Reappointed Joyce Baxley to the Personnel Board.
In other business, the council:
• Accepted a quote from Circle H to paint the exterior and interior of the Rainwater Museum for an estimated cost of $14,950, with the city providing $10,000 towards the project.
• Authorized City Clerk Sandra Donahoo to advertise job openings for firefighter/parametic.