By Gary Lloyd
TRUSSVILLE — Trussville Mayor Gene Melton is accepting letters of interest for a Trussville City Board of Education seat that will soon come open.
Danny Garrett, the vice president of the school board, will be leaving his position after the Oct. 20 board meeting. Garrett is the newly elected representative for State House District 44, which covers Clay, Pinson, and Trussville, and he takes office in November.
Melton said those interested in the open seat should email him a letter of interest — with contact information — by Friday, Oct. 10. Melton’s email address is Mayor@trussville.org. Those interested can also mail a letter to Melton at P.O. Box 159, Trussville, AL 35173, or bring it by Trussville City Hall.
Once the submissions are in, Melton and the Trussville City Council will interview final candidates. The next board of education member will likely be appointed by the city council in late October.
Trussville City Council President Buddy Choat said he’s sure a lot of good people will want to serve Trussville City Schools.
“It’s usually a hard decision,” Choat said of appointing someone to the school board.
Garrett has served on the school board since July 1, 2010, when he was appointed to fill the remaining year of John Floyd’s term. He was then reappointed in 2011 for a five-year term.
Garrett won the June Republican primary race for the State House District 44 seat over fellow Trussville candidates John Amari and Joe Freeman. Garrett earned 3,502 votes, Amari garnered 2,447 votes and Freeman received 725 votes.
Garrett said in June that he hopes to help bring jobs and industry to Alabama, improve the education and general funds, meet with and help the municipalities in District 44 and get people to work together.
“I’m just very happy with the results and I’m looking forward to serving the district,” Garrett said in June.
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