Dozier Council takes office

Published 6:00 am Thursday, November 6, 2008

The town of Dozier is making history again as an all-female Town Council was sworn in Monday by Crenshaw County Circuit Clerk Jeannie Gibson at the Jan Cook Community Center.

Kay Moody was sworn in as Dozier’s first female mayor while her family and friends looked on. Moody defeated Vester Burnette, the town’s first African American mayor. Burnette was the first African American mayor not only for Dozier but also for Crenshaw County. He was appointed after the death of long-time mayor R.R. “Bud” Johnson. Mr. Johnson was the longest-serving mayor in the state of Alabama and had served as mayor of the town of Dozier for 50 years.

“She’s a real go-getter,” Gibson said of Moody. “If she wants something done, she’ll make it happen.”

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Dozier’s new Town Council is comprised of newly elected members Jannie Bush and Linda Hutto, and returning council members Jane Ellison, Karen Davis, and Abbie Langston.

In addition to the official swearing in ceremony, Dozier native and Public Service Commissioner Jan Cook was also present, along with Sen. Wendell Mitchell.

“I can’t come to Dozier without thinking of Bud Johnson,” Mitchell said. “I never met a man who loved his community more.”

Mitchell added that Mayor Vester Burnette had written him a letter earlier in the year and had included supporting documents stating a strong case for the need for funds for infrastructure in the town of Dozier.

“Well, he made his case,” Mitchell said.

The Senator presented a $25,000 check for the town of Dozier for infrastructure needs.