Volunteers Work To Clean Prichard

Volunteers Work To Clean Prichard

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PRICHARD, ALABAMA -

It may not look like much is happening, but change is coming to Prichard one step at a time.

"I think anytime you change people's understanding of themselves and give them something to be proud of then that helps everybody. We can't change everybody's mindset on this one initial step here but if we can one at a time, or ten at a time, then we think we've done a lot," said Don Hudson, who volunteered Saturday.

Over 100 people picked up trash and pulled weeds across the city on Saturday.

"It's the image it projects. A clean city and it gives people a better outlook about the city and outlook about themselves. We just hope that we get a lot of participation and get our city back the way we want it to be," said a volunteer.

Mayor Troy Ephriam announced earlier this week that Jerry Speziale has accepted the role of police chief. Speziale says he's ready to start work and get Prichard moving again in a positive direction.

"I'm thrilled to begin the next chapter in what has been a 30 year law enforcement career," said Speziale.

Some residents say they're ready for change, but they're not sure if a new chief will do the trick.

"We want someone that has the citizens interest in their heart and that will come here and work and listen to the citizens to make our city a safe city," said a resident.

Mayor Ephriam says there's a lot of work to be done. A change in Prichard could mean a change for the entire area.

"We have to stay positive, we have to stay focused on what's truly important for the City of Prichard. Whether it's cleanups, whether it's crime prevention, whether it's turning things in in the community that are blighted and abandoned, we're all in this together. That's what's so important about this. Unifying with a purposed of cleaning our city up and making it stronger. We're excited about our new police chief, we're excited about public safety and we're expecting great things," said Ephriam.

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