Reid named Cordova’s assistant police chief

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 10/12/17

CORDOVA – The Cordova City Council promoted Officer Tony Reid to the role of assistant police chief on Tuesday night.

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Reid named Cordova’s assistant police chief


CORDOVA – The Cordova City Council promoted Officer Tony Reid to the role of assistant police chief on Tuesday night.

“Tony has shown dedication to our department, and I think he has the qualities it will take to be the leader of this department moving forward,” Mayor Drew Gilbert said.

Gilbert added that the move would ensure stability in the department in the event that Police Chief Nick Smith wins the Walker County Sheriff’s race next year.

Smith, who is running as a Republican, announced his candidacy on Facebook several months ago.

“We would be remiss if we were not preparing for the possibility of our chief to be elected this time next year,” Gilbert said.

Reid began his career with Smith at the Parrish Police Department and transferred to Cordova after Smith was named chief in 2012.

“I think that Tony would do an excellent job in that assistant’s chief role and further looking to the future, in the chief’s role in the event that Chief Smith were elected as sheriff,” Gilbert said.

“When I first started in law enforcement, I really didn’t know if it would be something I would do forever or not. It didn’t take long to realize that this is my passion,” Reid said. “I consider it an honor to be the assistant chief and don’t take the position lightly. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of Cordova and look forward to the future.”

In other action, the council: 

•Approved an ordinance that would transfer ownership of the new Piggly Wiggly property to the Cordova Economic and Industrial Development Authority. “This is something that did not get handled years ago by the board. We need to process this ordinance so that we can file this deed and officially place this property in their name as it is currently listed in the city of Cordova’s ownership,” Gilbert said.

•Approved a business license for The Cedar House LLC, a boutique that will be located on North Massachusetts Avenue.

•Discussed the possibility of drafting an ordinance to address complaints in Crestview Heights about gunfire at night. The city does not have an ordinance that prohibits discharging a firearm in the city limits. Cordova Police Chief Nick Smith said the department has investigated the complaints, which were brought to the council by councilman Larry Sides. “Officers have been out to one of the areas multiple times. They are doing it in a safe manner. They’re shooting into a bank, not toward any other residence. They’re not endangering anyone other than the nuisance of the loud noise,” Smith said.

•Held a public hearing on a zoning request from the city’s Crestview Heights neighborhood. The Cordova Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the request to change zoning of approximately 22 acres from R-2 residential to R-1 to allow the property owner to keep horses. No objections were raised during the hearing.

•Learned that ESB Athletics, which currently operates in Sumiton, has submitted a proposal to lease the back of the former National Guard Armory. Gilbert said the group would offer lessons in hitting, fielding and other skills for youth involved in athletics and also establish a small sporting goods store in the facility. “We’re still fine tuning what that proposal may look like from our side as far as financials, but I think this is going to be a great opportunity for the Parks and Recreation Department.

•Learned that the city has received conditional approval for a $2,500 grant from the Cawaco Resource, Conservation & Development Council (RC&D) to install signs at Disney Lake. The Walker County Health Action Partnership recently received $15,000 from the Alabama Power Foundation to build a dock at Disney Lake and make other improvements. Lucky Traweek, a member of Boy Scout Troop 114 in Cordova, recently built a public restroom at Disney Lake as an Eagle Scout project. Traweek presented Gilbert the key at Tuesday’s meeting.

• Learned that Cordova Fire and Rescue has received a $5,000 grant from Cawaco to purchase communication equipment.

•Approved Dana Evans as a part-time dispatcher.

•Listened to a presentation from members of Blue Devil Robotics, a team made up of students from Bankhead Middle School and Cordova High School. This year, the team worked closely with Cordova Fire and Rescue to design a robot that would be beneficial to first responders.

Sponsor Amber Parsons gave council members an overview of the work completed by the team during a six-week span. “They are given a task to complete. They have to build the robot with the materials they are given. They have to program the robot and wire it. They have to build a website, create a commercial and build a marketing booth,” Parsons said. The team will compete against other robotics team in the region later this month.

•Were reminded that Cordova Fire and Rescue’s annual Trunk or Treat will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Old Park beginning at 5 p.m.

•Heard from filmmaker Jamie Jean, who is making a film on the city’s history of water balloon fights on Halloween. Jean is also working with city officials to plan a water balloon fight this year that will be held downtown from 6 to 10 pm.