Chambers County Commission honors its employees

Published 6:21 pm Tuesday, September 10, 2019

LaFAYETTE — The Chambers County Commission was in the mood to hand out congratulations Monday night at its regularly scheduled meeting.

Employees in the engineering department, commission members and an agent with the Chambers County Drug Task Force each received accolades Monday night for their work.

The commission honored Chambers County Drug Task Force Agent Steve Smith for receiving the Alabama Narcotics Officer Association Award of Excellence.

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Drug Task Force Director Captain Robert Chambers said fellow agent Lancer Martinez also received the award and will be honored by the Lanett City Council on Sept. 16.

Chambers said this is the seventh time somebody in the Chambers County unit has received the award.

“It is based on the numbers you put up,” he said. “The hard work that these guys do, the time they put in, getting up out of their bed and going to calls at 2 or 3 in the morning.”

Together, the two officers have made 158 arrests for a total of 325 charges. Also, they have executed 30 search warrants, seized 27 guns and six vehicles and seized a total of $107,836.32.

As for drugs, Smith and Martinez have seized 6,283 grams of marijuana, 2,165 of methamphetamine, 48 grams of cocaine, 172 grams of synthetic drugs and 513 pills.

Also, on Monday, Commissioners James Williams and Debra Riley each received a certificate from the Alabama Local Government Training institute for completing 50 mandated hours of training. Commissioner Doug Jones received a similar certificate but for 120 hours because of an additional 70 hours of optional training.

Commissioner Sam Bradford was nominated to the Association of County Commissions of Alabama Board of Directors for District 8 and the ACCA recognized chairman David Eastridge for 20 years of service in county government.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Laraine Anglin, Chambers County engineering administrative assistant, was honored by the commission after being presented with a certificate in county engineering administration. Additionally, Amy Edmondson, Chambers County engineering department office manager, was presented with a certificate in county administration.

Anglin and Edmondson both completed a series of classes to earn their certification.

Chambers County Engineer Josh Harvill said both employees are vital to the county.

“We definitely don’t want to lose them,” he said.