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Neighborhood Watch group holds elections

Ward II Commissioner Ivey Hines moderated a meeting of the Council of Community Watches/Associations of Albany-Dougherty County held Saturday at the downtown Law Enforcement Center. The umbrellas group elected officers and board members.

Ward II Commissioner Ivey Hines moderated a meeting of the Council of Community Watches/Associations of Albany-Dougherty County held Saturday at the downtown Law Enforcement Center. The umbrellas group elected officers and board members.

ALBANY — A relatively new organization, The Council of Community Watches/Associations of Albany-Dougherty County, has approved bylaws and elected officers and board members.

A number of non-voting but interested parties, including law enforcement officials and political figures, were also in attendance at Saturday’s gathering.

Meeting at the Law Enforcement Center on West Oglethorpe Boulevard, members first modified an existing bylaw, changing the position of vice-president to that of president-elect. Afterward, the group elected officers and board members.

Officers elected during Saturday’s meeting included Willie Williams, president, representing the Putney area watch group; Charles Gillespie, president elect — Doublegate area watch; Tami McCoy, secretary — Sherwood Acres and Treasurer, Willie Corbett — Winterwood area watch. The position of assistant secretary for the group was left unfilled until the next meeting.

Elected board members for the group are G.C. Croft, Valley Parks subdivision; Hank Hayes, Audubon Plantation; Syvia Watson, Rolling acres; Milton Thomas, Corn and Cotton Street area, and Dorothy Walker, Barton area watch group.

According to Albany City Commissioner Ivey Hines of Ward II, the group was conceived about one year ago with high hopes that it will go far to reduce crime in Albany communities and to better the economic climate.

The organization voted to hold its next meeting at 10 a.m Sept. 7 at the LEC.