Center Point City Council, Place 2
Linda is 44 years old and has lived in Center Point all of her life. She has been married to James Kennemur for 27 years. They have one daughter, Nicole Kennemur, who is 18. Nicole graduated from Erwin High School in May of 2004 and is now attending Shelton State College.
Linda is a Highly Qualified Paraprofessional in Special Education. She has been employed at Center Point Elementary for seven years. Linda served as an officer of the PTA at Center Point Elementary for five years and was an officer of PTSA at Erwin High School for six years; also, a member of the Athletics Booster Club at Erwin High. Linda runs the ticket sales at the football games for the office at Erwin. Linda was a cheerleading sponsor at Center Point Youth Park. Linda serves on the Education Committee for the City of Center Point. On October 4, 2004 she was sworn in to serve as a Councilman for the City of Center Point, Place 2.
Linda would like to see more parent involvement in our schools and plans to do all she can to make that happen, she believes that a school can only be as good as the parents make it.
Linda would also like to see more business come to our community.
Center Point City Council President
Center Point City Council, Place 3
Roger Barlow, one of ten children, was raised on a small farm in northern Michigan. He obtained his BSBA degree from the University of Central Florida in 1980. Upon graduation Roger moved to Alabama and began his career in public accounting. In June of 1984, he opened his own CPA firm where he is still practicing today.
He has seen many changes in the Center Point Area and within the City of Center Point particularly over the last 30 years and in 2000, he became a part of CPAC that facilitated the organization of the City of Center Point. He wanted to help turn around the image and deteriorating state of the area. With that in mind, he was a successful candidate in the first election for City Council and has served as the President of the City council for the past 8 years.
In 1988, Roger married Shelley M. Smeraglia. Together they have 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. Two of their children played baseball and football at the Center Point Sports Complex before the City purchased the facility. In the late 90's, the complex came to be in a less tan desirable state. Soon after the City's birth, Roger was one of the principals that were instrumental in the city purchasing the complex. He is very supportive of the Center Point Sports Complex and thinks it is something all Center Point residents can enjoy.
Mayor Henderson and Roger have made many 24 hour trips to Washington, meeting with the Alabama delegation to obtain federal money for Center Point. The Senior Center at Reed-Harvey Park and the park itself is an example of what Roger has worked very hard to see to completion. When he and the Mayor were first considering the project, Roger contacted the owner of the lake and was successful in having the owner donate the lake to the City. Today the lake is a welcome spot for fishing, walking, children using the playground, picnicking, and the Thursday Farmers' Markets. In 2010, a Veteran's Memorial was erected at the park, becoming a beautiful area for people to come, sit, and meditate as they remember loved ones that served our great county. Several sidewalk improvements have been completed with the aid of federal money and more are in the works.
There are many more projects on Roger's agenda for the future of Center Point, such as the sidewalks along Polly Reed Road that are coming into being. Roger is excited about Center Point and feels that while great strides have been taken to improve, we have to work at it every day if we want to continue to attract businesses and people to Center Point.
Center Point City Council, Place 5
John Terry Leesburg is a registered Radiologic Technologist with a Bachelor of Science degree with Samford University and a Master’s Degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also served 33 years as the Program Director of the Radiologic Technology Program at Jefferson State Community College, from where he retired.
In 1996, he was selected as the Alabama Technologist of the Year. Terry is both a member of the Alabama Society of Radiologic Technologist and American Society of Radiologic Technologist.
Mr. Leesburg has two daughters: Angie Carter and Margaret Armstrong; and four granddaughters and two grandsons. He is an active member and deacon of First Baptist Church - Center Point. Terry volunteers with the City of Center Point and the Alabama Grief Support Foundation. He served on the Board as the Treasurer from 2003-2011. He is also a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians and past member of the Zelpha Simmons Parliamentary Unit; serving first as their Secretary 2003-2004, and as their President for the 2004-2005 term. He is currently a member of the IntraState Unit, serving as President and is Treasurer of the Alabama State Association of Parliamentarians
On October 4, 2004, Terry was sworn in as a Councilman for the City of Center Point.
Council Place 1
Bobby Scott has a degree in computer information systems from Herzing college and for the last sixteen years I've worked as a software engineer design tech for a fortune 500 company that specializes in banking software. I am a member of Bush Hills Church of Christ, husband to Sabrina and father of two amazing kids Briana and Xavier. Councilman Scott was born and raised in Hale County, AL but he has lived in Center Point for over 15 years. While in Center Point Councilman Scott has been an activ parent in the schools as well as a baseball coach and team dad for Center Point youth sports. Councilman Scott is the sole proprietor of BLS Photography which is a small business located in the City of Center Point.
Council Place 4
James T. Howell was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama where he is a product of the Birmingham, Jefferson County School System. He recieved his Bachelor's Degree from Tennesse State University, Nashville Tennessee, and his Master of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Alabama.
Mr. Howell who is now retired, was employed with the State of Alabama as a Disability Counselor, Disability Examiner, and Vocal Rehabilitation Services where he worked with young adults in finding gainful employment, and continuing their education. He is retired from the Army Reserve, where he was a leadership and combat arms instructor, and an Assistant Inspector General.
Mr. Howell has served as President of the Maple Grove Citizen Participation Program, City of Birmingham, President of the Airport Hills Neighborhood Association, Member of the Planning and Zoning committee in East Lake Chamber of Commerce, and Center Point Park Board. He is also a member of United Way, and the University of Alabama Minority Program. Upon winning the election for City Council in 2016, Mr. Howell is now Chairman of the Annexation Committee on the Center Point City Council.
Mr. Howell and his wife, Louise are proud grandparents of 4 grandchildren.
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