(Updated) Commission names Bradley Williams director of Cullman County Economic Development

Bradley Williams has been tapped as the new director of Cullman County Economic Development. (Photo courtesy of Bradley Williams)

Updated 11-11-20 at 11:19 p.m.

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Commission on Wednesday morning had a short organizational meeting, the first for newly sworn-in Chairman Jeff “Clem” Clemons. After recognizing the veterans in attendance, the commission took care of a few items of business.

Clemons, who retired from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) in October after more than 33 years of service, announced that former CCSO Communications Director Bradley Williams has been named the new director of Cullman County Economic Development. Williams fills the vacancy left by Cherrie Haney, who led the office from 2013 through the end of 2018.

“I want to first thank Chairman Jeff Clemons, Commissioner Garry Marchman and Commissioner Kerry Watson for this new opportunity to serve the citizens of Cullman County.  

I would also like to thank Sheriff Matt Gentry, for whom I have worked for the past six years, for giving me the opportunity to work at the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office,” Williams told The Tribune. “I look forward to the challenges ahead in my new role as director of Cullman County Economic Development, but also the opportunities to serve citizens, continue the good work this office has done in the past and hopefully expand the role CCED has in working with all our partners.”

The Cullman County Commission’s website says, “The Cullman County Economic Development office provides a variety of services. CCED, at the discretion of the Cullman County Commission, assists local municipalities in acquiring funding for community development projects, such as walking trails, parks, boat docks (and) community building improvements.”

In the past, the office has been instrumental in securing grants for Cullman County’s municipalities and volunteer fire departments.

Clemons also introduced Tiffany Merriman, former chief records clerk at the CCSO, who will serve as the new Cullman County clerk.

The meeting schedule for the coming year was approved. Cullman County Attorney Emily Johnston said meetings will be the third Tuesday of each month, beginning Nov. 19. The meetings will be held at 6 p.m. in the commission meeting room on the first floor of the Cullman County Courthouse. If the regular meeting day falls on a holiday, the meeting will be moved to that Thursday at 6 p.m.

The commission also approved removing former chairman Kenneth Walker and adding Clemons to all County bank accounts.

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