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My name is Ken Whitehead, and I am running for Coosa County Commission District 3.
I am a 20-plus year resident of Ray community in Coosa County. My wife, Janet, and I have raised five children in Coosa County, and we currently have sic grandchildren with one on the way in December.
My experiences have prepared me for the role of county commissioner. I have been in law enforcement for 14 years, including time at the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office and as the school resource officer at Central High School. I also served as chief deputy for four years, which included budgeting, scheduling and grant writing (acquiring more than $250,000 in grant money for the Sheriff’s Office).
In addition to my law enforcement experience, I spent eight and a half years as a fraud investigator in southeastern Alabama for Geico. I also am retired from the Army National Guard after 23-plus years of service and have been involved with EMS and volunteer fire in Coosa County since the mid-90s.
I currently manage the Piggly Wiggly store in Alexander City. In this position I manage more than 40 employees and have held a full staff even in this time of high unemployment and job vacancies.
Each one of these positions has taught me how to be a servant leader, and I plan to carry that same mentality into this office.
My parents instilled in me to live by the Golden Rule and to work hard for everything that I need. If elected, I plan to take that same approach in my role as county commissioner. I believe that a county official should do what is right for his district and this county even when doing what is right is not convenient. That means helping my neighbors and family when they are in need.
I want to establish a team mentality with not just the Coosa County Commission, but with all leaders over our entire county. Personal agendas have no place in this office, and I believe that we can achieve so much more for the citizens of Coosa County if we work together for a common goal. Let’s bring pride back to Coosa County, and let’s grow!
I appreciate your support and vote on November 8 for commissioner of District 3.