City Manager Talks Budget, Education, and Safety

Anniston City Manager Brian Johnson sits down with TV24 to talk about Anniston’s budgetary concerns, the vacant seat on the Anniston Board of Education, and the progress of the Anniston Citizen Advisory Committee for the Police Department. Johnson is working hard to improve the spending habits of Anniston. And, he says the new budget recommendation has been delivered to the council and every department in the city has the opportunity to review it. On September 8th, there will be a public hearing where the budget will be formally presented to the council. City stakeholders will be able to participate in that process. Also at that meeting, Johnson will explain why he made certain cuts to the budget. He adds that the changes to the budget are to improve the financial position of the city. Johnson says that although some of the job cuts are unpopular, they are positions that are currently not filled. And even though the Department of Public Safety is affected, no firefighters or police officers are going to get a pink slip. He adds that the changes to the budget are to improve the financial position of the city. Johnson says that although some of the job cuts are unpopular, they are positions that are currently not filled. And even though the Department of Public Safety is affected, no firefighters or police officers are going to get a pink slip. Johnson says the budget addresses strategic areas without a decrease in service. On September 22nd The Anniston City Council will vote on the budget for adoption. And it will go into effect October 1st. Johnson also talked about the Anniston City Council’s plans to fill a school board seat. According to officials, former board member Donna Ross, who represented Ward 1, was forced to retire because she moved out of the area. The Anniston Board of Education will select from three potential candidates. The three candidates are Andrew Hatley, Edwin Kimbrough, and Ernest Washington. Regarding the citizen advisory committee for the Anniston Police Department, Johnson says the committee will help improve communication between the Anniston Police Department and the citizenry. The advisory committee will consist of seven members. Each of the elected officials has appointed a member and Anniston Police Chief Shane Denham has appointed two. All the positions are filled and city officials know the composition of the committee. They will decide when they are going to meet in the next couple of days.

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