2020 VISION: MAYOR DISCUSSES RIVERFRONT DEVELOPMENT, NEW POLICE CHIEF SEARCH
This is Part 2 in a three-part series. Part 3 will be broadcast Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has big plans for Tuscaloosa this year, but some of his top priorities include developing the riverfront and finding a new police chief.
After 25 years of service, Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson retired in August. Since then, the department named Mitt Tubbs interim chief but has not named a permanent replacement.
Finding the right person is Maddox’s top priority, he said.
“I’ve appointed a really top notch task force that also includes three police officers as well out of the seven (in the task force), and I’m looking forward to getting their input,” Maddox said.
His goal is making a recommendation by March, but that’s not a hard deadline.
“I want to be right, so if it goes on longer than March it’s because I’m working very diligently to find the right person,” Maddox said. “I don’t know if there’s a tougher position in the city than being the police chief. We need to find the right person who can lead our department.”
Along with a potential new police chief, Maddox is also working on growing the area around the Black Warrior River.
Maddox’s plan includes extending the Riverwalk 7.5 miles, starting at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. That $5 million project may not get off the ground in 2020, but he said it will certainly be open by 2023 in time for the Saban Center’s opening at the current The Tuscaloosa News building on Jack Warner Parkway.
In Part 3, WVUA 23 is taking a look at the city of Northport’s 2020 Vision.