City of Samson

16 East Main Street

Samson, Alabama 36477

   334-898-7541

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Samson Jr Police Academy a huge success

According to Keith Shehee, the School Resource Officer at Samson Elementary, the inaugural Junior Police Academy was a resounding success. The program ran for a week and was attended by students in grades 3 to 6 who thoroughly enjoyed it and even wanted it to continue for another week.


Officer Shehee was joined by three volunteers, namely his wife Becky, Chad Carter, and Dawson Carter. His wife provided support throughout the entire duration of the academy, while Chad and Dawson joined on the first day.


The primary objective of the academy was not to train the students as police officers, but rather to familiarize them with the daily tasks and responsibilities of law enforcement officers. Although 26 students initially signed up, only 19 were able to attend the first day, and this number remained constant throughout the entire week. The sessions took place from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.


Shehee expressed his gratitude for the donations received from Walmart, which provided snacks for the participants. He also extended his appreciation to First Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Trinity Church from Samson, and Chancellor Assembly of God for generously providing lunches each day. Additionally, Shehee mentioned the kind contribution of T-shirts by Hammer Construction, thanks to Sandy and Linda Hammer, which were a big success.


The City of Samson also played a significant role in supporting the academy by donating water bottles, as well as another special item that has not yet been received due to a delay in the order.


“I will give that one out at the beginning of the upcoming school year,” said Shehee.


The idea of hosting the academy was presented to Shehee by former Chief Police Chris Miranda and Asst. Chief Cole Dean, and he enthusiastically embraced it. After the plans were made, Shehee's primary goal was to ensure that the academy was accessible to all, without any financial burden on the parents or guardians.


“It was a learning process for the cadets as well as for me, being this is the first time the City of Samson has hosted one,” said Shehee. “I have been a School Resource Officer since 2020 when I got certified as an SRO and I knew the kids needed a little something to do in the summertime that would go with our Community Policing practice.”


“Without the donations and volunteers this would not have been possible” Shehee continued. “The cadets were put through an obstacle course every day and the goal were to improve a little each day.”


Throughout the program, the students had classroom sessions where they learned about topics such as stranger danger, bicycle safety, and other areas of concern. Mock traffic stops were conducted by former Samson Officer Andrew Williams, along with the City of Samson's drug dog, Vivi, who was accompanied by Officer Andy Tew, her handler, to demonstrate drug-detection skills. Moreover, the students had the opportunity to explore a fire truck brought in by the Samson Fire Department, learning about the responsibilities of firefighters.


“I would like to thank new Police Chief Wesley Stokes and Mayor Clay King for supporting me through it, without their support none of this would have been possible,” Shehee acknowledged. “I would also like, most important, to thank the citizens of the City of Samson for allowing their kids to come and be a part of what I hope to be, many more academies to come their trust in me to have this time with their kids means everything to me and I hope to the kids.”


Officer Shehee acknowledges the overwhelming support from parents and community members who expressed a desire to donate or contribute to the future Junior Police Academy. Interested individuals can offer their support by making a donation at the Samson City Hall.

“I hope to have enough funding through time that I can continue to put on the academy,” Shehee said. “The kids are our future, and we need to do everything we can now to help them become the best in life they can be, and I believe this is just one tool that will help them to be just that, the best in life.”

 


 Senator Tommy Tuberville has submitted a Congressionally directed spending request in the amount of $2,000,000.00 for the City of Samson  to Construct a Police Department Facility, for the Fiscal Year 2025.


Mayor Clay King had this to say, "“I would like to extend my greatest appreciation to Coach/Senator Tuberville for requesting two million dollars for the construction of a new public safety building for the City of Samson in the upcoming appropriations bill. Public Safety is an essential to protecting our community.”

The Samson Recreation Department would like to extend their appreciation to their sponsors for the Summer Recreation programs.

Signs:

The Plum Boutique, Brandy Redman, Enterprise, Al.

Maxx Gas & Laundromat, Samson, Al.

Bradley INC, Samson Al.

Enterprise Therapy Center/Enter Stretch, Enterprise, Al.

TDM Construction LLC, Tripp Davis

Sharper Images, Wendy Godwin, Samson, Al

Brittney Messer Photography, LLC

Custom Cabinetry, Jimmy Price, New Brockton, Al

Lisa Baine, Geneva County Board of Education District 5, Samson, Al

First Baptist Church of Samson, Al

Sponsorship:

L & A Logging, Inc, Larry Anderson

Mock A/C – 8U Gold

Rope & Saddle Tree Trimming – 12U Girls Blue

Tanner Mock Foundation – 12 U Boys Blue

Koffee Korner – 10U Girls Blue

JP Howerton – 15U Boys

C4 Construction Services LLC – T-Ball White

Samson Banking Company – T-Ball Gray

T-Ball Blue No Names

The Shack – 8U Boys Blue

Double CC Ranch, Shirah Farms, Sha-Ken Farms, and Hammer Construction – 10U Boys Blue.

Samson City Council

Council Meetings

Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council room at Samson Municipal Complex, 10470 West State Highway 52, Samson, Alabama 36477.  All persons wishing to address Council should appear on the agenda.  To be placed on the agenda, the request should be received by noon the Monday preceding the seven day legal requirement for posting the agenda, before a scheduled meeting.  All persons appearing on the agenda are requested to limit their presentation to five minutes.  To be placed on the agenda contact the City Clerk at Samson City Hall.

SAMSON CITY OFFICIALS

 

MAYOR

Clay King


COUNCILMEMBERS

Roger Baine, Ronald Davis, Ed Janasky, Queen Fitzpatrick, Barbara Simmons


CITY ATTORNEY

Jeff Hatcher

 


  City Clerk                                                   Court Clerk

  Michelle S. Flanery                                     Cecil Sanders


  Police Chief                                                Rescue Captain

  Wesley Stokes                                             Mark Day


  City, Water, &                                             Fire Chief

  Sewer Superintendent                                Jeff Lowery

  Earl Johnson