The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


March 18, 2014

Mayor hands out keys to the city

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — At last night’s meeting, the City of Albemarle recognized nearly 90 years of combined service by former mayor Elbert “Whit” Whitley and former council members Jack Neel, Judy Holcomb and Ed Underwood.

Following a reception in their honor prior to the meeting, Mayor Ronnie Michael presented the four of them with keys to the city.

“Over the years this has happened very few times in the City of Albemarle,” Michael said.

It was his first time giving out a key to the city as mayor.

“It is my pleasure to be able to do this. It’s hard to think of more deserving people, than the people we do this for here tonight.”

Current councilman Troy Alexander, who actually joined the council for the first time along with Holcomb and Neel in 1987, attributed much of the city’s, , and his own, success to their support.

The former council members in turn handed over the credit to the employees and staff of the City of Albemarle with a particular thanks to Raymond Allen, city manager for more than 25 years.

“I can’t begin to express how fortunate we are to have him as city manager,” Whitley said.

“And don’t you forget,” Neel said.

“I brought him here.”

“Well, I brought you here,” Whitley said.

“And I kept you all straight,” Holcomb said.

All joking aside though, Whitley said, he believes he and the former councilors have left the city in good hands.

“We have a great group here,” Whitley said.

“The City of Albemarle has always been blessed with great people.”

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