Copeland Heads Last City Council Meeting

Copeland Heads Last City Council Meeting

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A standing ovation for the longest serving Mobile city official. After 28 years, Reggie Copeland heads his final meeting as president of the Mobile City Council. 

"I appreciate the honor of serving the citizens of mobile. I'm not a politician, I'm just a servant," said Copeland.

The meeting opened with gifts. Council members presented him with his own gavel. Copeland represented District 5 - heading several big projects, like the widening of McGregor avenue to ease traffic congestion at Airport Blvd., the expansion of the Pinebrook Shopping Center for Wholefoods, and a shopping plaza near Baybears stadium bringing retails stores like Costco and Dick's Sporting Goods and and extra 12 hundred jobs.

"New companies coming, that mean Mobile is on the move, with more than just jobs, jobs, jobs with the industry. We also have jobs, jobs jobs with retail. It's going to be a wonderful project," said Copeland.

The city clerk presented Mayor Sam Jones and Chief of Staff Al Stokes with gifts. Holding back tears Mayor Jones individually thanked his appointed staff members.

"I'm at the point where I feel good about me. I feel good about the process. Yes there's some disappointments, but with disappointments come opportunity," said Stokes.

"I don't have any regrets. I think we could've done some things in a timely manner, more efficient manner, but because of the process. Sometimes that's not possible." said Mayor Jones.

Councilman William Carroll also said farewell - leaving the council to work full time as vice president of an engineering construction company.

"There are sometimes where you kinda look sideways and say what the heck was that, you know? But you love everybody, and you get to know them and their families. So outside of business it's a family involvement and family feeling here," said Carroll.

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