NEW BROCKTON, Ala. (WDHN)—The Coffee County Commission recognized “retiring” Alabama Senator Jimmy Holley of Elba by naming a government building in his “honor”.
WDHNs Mike Gurspan says the audience was filled with friends, family, along with current and former members of the legislature.
Commission Chairman Dean Smith says, “but Jimmy we’re glad for all the accomplishments and the way you built Coffee County.”
Smith read a proclamation thanking Senator Holley for his years of serving the wiregrass.
In November, Senator Holley will be retiring” from the Alabama legislature. For the last 48 years, Holley has been either a state representative or state senator. One of the “longest” tenured lawmakers in Alabama history.
At the Coffee County Commission meeting, Senator Holley presented an artist rendition of the “renaming” of the Coffee County government complex to the Jimmy Holley administrative building.
Senator Holley says “I went to school down in Damascus and serve some 40-something years in the legislature.”
Mike Gurspan says “Coffee County Commissioner Josh Carnley defeated his opponent to become the next man to represent senate district 31.”
“We take care of our citizens and appreciate all he has done for us and I look forward to trying to fill his shoes and making sure we do the same”, according to Carnley.
“I’ve been blessed to represent counties that are very progressive. And some of my best friends are those county commissioners, city council members I have been able to work with including the mayors of the many cities,” according to the senator.
Senator Holley officially “retires” from the Alabama Legislature in November.
Reporting in Coffee County, Mike Gurspan WDHN News for the wiregrass.