ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany City Commissioner Tommie Postell announced his candidacy for reelection to the Post 6 seat on the commission Wednesday morning, downtown.
Postell has already served three terms, 12 years, on the board.
He said at his announcement that he wants to continue his mission to grow the city, bringing in more jobs, and more industry.
"A promise I will work in the same manner I have worked to bring about the changes here. And I will put my energy forward to do those things. And I will also promote and prompt all the activities Albany needs to bring about a change," he said.
Postell courted controversy in May with a comment that a man should lead Albany's gang task force. He says the task force began deteriorating under a woman's leadership. "I said they should not be in charge of the gang task force." Postell made the comments as commissioners talked about the budget.
Last August, East Albany break-ins lead Postell to question whether police are doing enough to stop the criminals. "I'm concerned about all the robberies, breaking and entering and kicking in doors, burglarizing cars and all this, and this is because the patrol man are not as active as they should be and something is not stimulating these guys to do what they should do," he said.
After fights and mayhem at the Fourth of July celebration Downtown in 2012 forced police to stop the fireworks, Postell spoke out. He says there should be enough security at events, especially if alcohol is being served, so that if there is a problem, it doesn't get out of control.
Postell said that one of the commission's big recent accomplishments was the revamping of the former Water, Gas, & Light Commission, bringing it under the direct control of the city commission. Postell also hopes to continue working with Chehaw Park's board, which he has been involved with for ten years.