New city employees introduced at Pelham City Council meeting – Shelby County Reporter

New city employees were introduced at the Pelham City Council meeting

Published 16:14 Wednesday, July 10, 2024

By DONALD MOTTERN | Staff writer

PELHAM – The Pelham City Council received presentations from numerous department heads on Monday, July 1, highlighting the new hiring of several individuals across the city’s many departments and facilities.

“This is one of our favorite days and we are excited to introduce our new employees to the council and the city,” said City Manager Gretchen Difante.

The largest group of new hires introduced during the ceremony were new hires to the Pelham Fire Department. Their weighted representation at the event stems from the fact that the fire department will soon begin offering EMS transport services in the near future, with many reports pointing to a planned implementation date of January 1, 2025.

“We recently hired nine employees and had eight of them here tonight to present,” Pelham Fire Chief Mike Reid said. “We’re all excited about them.”

In total, Reid announced the hiring of nine new employees to the department, seven of whom were hired specifically to fill out forces that will accommodate the EMS transport initiative at launch. The new hires were as follows:

  • Recruit firefighter Jake Englund, who comes to Pelham from Colorado with a previous career in law enforcement. Englund is currently in basic EMT training and will attend firefighter school in September.
  • Recruit firefighter Carson Dill, a recent Pelham High School graduate and former member of the Pelham Fire Department Explorer Program. He is currently in basic EMT training and will be attending firefighting school in September.
  • Recruit firefighter Ben Marling, who will be attending firefighting school in September. He is also currently in EMT basic training. Marling was also a former member of the Explorer program.
  • Recruit firefighter, Owen Williams, who is an EMT and has completed paramedic school. He will be attending firefighting school in September.
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Bryant Baker, who was unable to attend the ceremony but will serve the department in the dual roles of firefighter and paramedic.
  • Firefighter/medic Lance Hilyer, who has been in the fire service since 2008 and came to Pelham after his time with the Prattville Fire Department.
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Cody Melton, who began his career in 2019 with the Montgomery Fire Department. He begins work with the Pelham Fire Department on June 1.
  • Firefighter Garrett Cobb, who is also a former member of the Montgomery Fire Department and began his career in 2021.
  • Firefighter Jacob Peacock, who has served as a firefighter/EMT since 2019. He is a graduate of the Auburn student program and was most recently a member of the Cahaba Valley Fire Department.

“Welcome to our new staff,” said Council President Maurice Mercer. “We are so excited to have you with the City of Pelham and we look forward to getting to know each and every one of you.”

The Pelham Police Department also unveiled a number of its new hires, which were presented to the council by Police Chief Brent Sugg.

“Thank you for letting us be here tonight to introduce some of our new staff, even though not everyone could be here tonight,” Sugg said. “For those who couldn’t be here with us, we’ll catch them at the next one.”

Individuals recently hired by the Pelham Police Department were:

  • Officer Seth Lisenby, who has 12 years of law enforcement experience and was most recently a member of the Montgomery Police Department. Lisenby has served with the Pelham PD since May.
  • Officer Klint Rhodes, who previously served at Pelham PD before working in federal law enforcement, but returned to duty in Pelham in May.
  • Dispatcher Jordan Ivey, who transitioned from a career in the private sector to one in public service. Ivey is currently in training for the position.

In addition to those working in public safety, the city welcomed a number of other people who recently joined other city departments.

Pelham Parks and Recreation Director Brian Cooper introduced Jacob Sullivan, who recently started working as a maintenance technician for the department.

“Jacob comes to us from Jones College in Mississippi, where he worked with their football team in maintenance,” Cooper said. “He also grew up on his family farm which has given him 20 years of experience there. We are grateful to have him and we are now at full capacity in our department – ​​for the first time in a long time.”

Library Director Mary Campbell then introduced Eric Kennedy, who was recently hired as Pelham Public Library’s new Circulation Director.

“(Kennedy) comes to us from Birmingham Southern College,” Campbell said. “I am very happy to have Eric here at the library, he does a fantastic job. He does a lot of the things he did at BSC but also different in the way that we are a public institution and they are academic. We threw him in the deep end with the kids and he’s fine.”

Ballantrae Golf Club General Manager Hal Brown also introduced a new hire at the meeting when he introduced Tyler Mims as the facility’s new Assistant Golf Professional.

“Tyler’s responsibilities include day-to-day operations, but he also leads our junior program at Ballantrae Golf Club and he does a fantastic job,” Brown said. “He joined us at the end of April. He was once employed by our external service cart staff – before being lured away to a nearby golf course – but we now have him back at Ballantrae. The staff are super excited to have him back.”

Finance Director Jamie Wagner also announced that Becky Wallace had been hired as the department’s new revenue officer, but was unable to attend.

“I just want to say that with the recognition of our new employees, it’s exciting for me to see the new blood coming into Pelham and also the old blood coming back,” Councilman Chad Leverett said. “It’s exciting to see the growth, especially with the EMS initiative that we’ve been talking about for so long over the past year. I am still amazed that our resuscitation rate is over 50 percent, which is well above the national average. With the leadership we have in Pelham from Gretchen as city manager down through all the department heads, I am honored to live in this city.”

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