The City Council decided to establish what officials believe is the first municipal homeland security agency in Alabama despite questions over whether the department was really needed in Hoover.
The seven-member council has voted to approve the proposal by Mayor Tony Petelos, who said the office would improve the city's communications with state and federal authorities. Petelos has announced that Hoover Police Chief Bob Berry would lead the city's
new Department of Homeland Security and Immigration.
However, some question whether the department was intended to
monitor the growing population of Spanish-speaking immigrants in Hoover.
Councilman Mike Natter, one of two council members to oppose the
amendment, said he doesn't believe al-Qaida has come to Hoover. He
also questions the estimated $150,000 cost of establishing the department.