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My Vision of the Future for Albany / Dougherty County

By Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard, Ward 1

By Correcia J. Edmondson

Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard, Ward 1

City Commissioner John Howard
City Commissioner John Howard

The 2020 year is just around the corner. We as elected officials have some challenges ahead of us in the coming year(s). Local government must partnership with local stakeholders and address systemic problems in our city. For examples, generational poverty, crime, high school dropouts, unskilled workers, mental illness, and develop a plan of action for the millennial generation.

All elected and appointed officials and stakeholders must sit down and develop a comprehensive economic development strategy and bring together public and private doctors in the creation of an economic roadmap to diversity and strengthen our city economy. Also, a comprehensive plan(s) and community-based planning process that draws on the general public, stakeholders, experts and others to plan for future development of our city and surrounding areas.

Correcia J. Edmondson

First, congratulations to the Southwest Georgian newspaper for serving the various media needs of Albany, GA, and surrounding communities for so many years. 

Asked to describe how I envision the future of Albany, Dougherty County, I first share what I have observed. There has been a

Correcia J.Edmondson
Correcia J.Edmondson

conscious effort to ensure gainful employment opportunities within the municipality itself, federal and state government facilities located here, and various private industry companies including locally owned businesses. Further, educational and training opportunities via Dougherty County Public School System and various private schools, Albany State University, Albany Technical College, Troy University, and Turner Job Corps Center have been made available to help citizens and neighboring community citizens acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to secure gainful employment. This helps chart labor force and economic growth for our area.  

Our city needs the contribution of the faith-based community as a body of consultants to offer wise counsel and a sense of stability for our community. It is important to maintain such relationships.

Finally, I envision diversity in our community and equally diverse government leadership to adequately represent all who make up Albany, Dougherty County. Let us embrace, not sabotage, economic growth opportunities; let us support competent leadership; and let us build and maintain good community relationships to remain “The Good-life City” in the future.

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Kenneth Johnson Named Dougherty County Police Chief

Kenneth Johnson, a 31-year veteran of the Dougherty County Police Department (DCPD), has been appointed to replace long time chief, Jackie Battle, who retired June 7th.  Chief Johnson joined the force in 1988 as Patrolman and has since served in various positions including:  Patrol Sergeant, Detective Division Lieutenant, Narcotics Lieutenant/Investigator, Detective Division Commander and most recently, Assistant Chief.

“My mission is to ensure the Dougherty County Police Department is a dedicated and diverse group of professionals who are committed to working with the community to make Dougherty County a safe and desirable place to live, work or visit,” said Johnson. “My goal is to partner with the community to solve problems and improve public safety in a manner that is fair, impartial, transparent and consistent.”

We welcome Chief Johnson and look forward to his service to this community.  Congratulations!

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