Phenix City rehires retiree; Forms economic partnership

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Phenix City rehires its former chief of Appraisals and Mapping.  J.W. Brannen recently retired after 30 years of working for the city.

Now he as been rehired to work as a special coordinator in Phenix City's new economic development partnership. 

Brannen will work alongside Dr. Judson Edwards from Troy State University's Business School as Phenix City and the institution of higher learning collaborate in an effort to obtain government contracts from Fort Benning through BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure).

The decision to rehire came as a result of a 3 to 2 vote with a $55,000 a year salary. Mayor Sonny Coulter and councilor Max Wilkes voted against hiring Brannen. 

City Manager Wallace Hunter says Brannen is the best man for the job with his years of experience in appraising property coupled with the fact that this is a new venture for Phenix City.

Hunter also says he realizes that Brannen may not stay in the job long term, but he's confident he will get the process started in the right manner and help the city to progress.

The new office will be located at 931 Broad Street adjacent to the Russell County Courthouse. 

A sign is expected to be placed on the building Thursday.

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