Mayor Pat Thomas' First Day In Office

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

Mayor Pat Thomas is looking for someone at the Dothan civic center, and gets close to finding him. He tells a civic center worker nearby that when, "You get what you need 1st and send him up please"

Pat Thomas spent his first day finding people, making and receiving calls, but soon his palm pilot, computer, and telephone all in one begins to buzz.

Thomas spent the day trying to organize what has already started out as a busy term and he'll also be juggling his responsibilities as owner of a lucrative family business, Dothan Awning Company. He says he likes being busy.

He's also figuring out where to put what in his new office, "We're going to have a table brought in right here."

She says, "Ones for the Dothan Opera House and the other is for the Civic Center and you have to just sign each of them"

Mayor Thomas and some commissioners recently returned from a trip to Washington. They've all agreed to take a hands on approach to city issues.

"Commissioner Matthews had some ideas about workforce development; Commissioner Tidwell had some opposing ideas about workforce development, so I made them co-chairs"

He says with a smirk that downtown and economic development top Thomas’s list. He even took a break with chamber of commerce president Matt Parker at Foster Street Coffee House to talk about it.

"It tells what the city what it thinks about itself, I've been with the new prospects and we don't bring them down foster street and one day we will."

Thomas says continuing growth with military base Fort Rucker, and improving the leisure services department are also top priorities during his term that information will be released.

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