The latest Hoover City Council meeting was a night of recognition, gratitude, and new beginnings. The event served as a platform to honor the exemplary service and dedication of individuals who have contributed significantly to the city’s betterment. From long-serving public works professionals to newly appointed members of the Beautification Board, the meeting was a testament to the outstanding contributions of those who have helped shape Hoover into the vibrant community it is today. 

25 Years of Service: Todd Riddle 

The meeting began with a heartfelt tribute to Todd Riddle, who has dedicated 25 years of his life to the city. Riddle’s journey with Hoover has seen him rise as a leader in the Public Works Department. Over the years, he has honed his expertise in stormwater maintenance and acquired technical skills in concrete work. As he prepares to step into a well-deserved retirement on October 31, 2023, the city expressed its deepest gratitude for his dedicated service. Todd Riddle’s contributions have left a lasting legacy, shaping the city’s infrastructure and making it more resilient.  

20 Years of Fire Service: Mark Thornton and Scott West 

Battalion Chief Mark Thornton and Captain Scott West, both with 20 years of dedicated service in the Hoover Fire Department, were celebrated for their remarkable careers. Chief Thornton’s journey began as a part-time employee, but through hard work and determination, he climbed the ranks and now serves as the City’s fire marshal. Captain West’s career also began part-time, and today, he serves as the EMS Officer, a position he’s held since 2018. These individuals exemplify the dedication and commitment of Hoover’s emergency responders, working tirelessly to ensure the safety of the community. 

Ali Mims: Miss Hoover’s Teen 2024 

The meeting also featured the recognition of Ali Mims, who was crowned Miss Hoover’s Teen 2024. She received her crown on July 21 and will serve the city throughout the year. Along with the prestigious title, Ali was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. She aspires to attain a Bachelor of Music Degree at Auburn University and further her education by pursuing a master’s degree in music therapy at the University of Alabama. Ali’s ambitions and talents promise a bright future, and Hoover eagerly anticipates her contributions to the community throughout the year.  

Hoover Beautification Board Welcomes New Members 

Mayor Frank Brocato introduced five new members to the 2023 Hoover Beautification Board. These individuals are Glenda Weathers, Lyn Franks, Rachel Rounsaville, Savannah Johnson, and Natalie Fleming, and were appointed to serve in this prestigious role. The Hoover Beautification Board plays a pivotal role in maintaining the city’s aesthetics and ensuring its visual appeal. The new members are expected to bring fresh perspectives and ideas to continue Hoover’s tradition of being a beautiful and welcoming place. 

Pat Lawley: A Lifetime of Dedication 

The meeting concluded with a touching tribute to Pat Lawley, who was honored as a Lifetime Member of the Hoover Beautification Board. Pat’s journey with the board began in October 2002, and over the years, she served as Finance Chair from 2003-2004 and as Vice-Chairman from 2016-2018. Notably, Pat played a key role in leading the Beautification Board’s Christmas Committee, overseeing the decoration and undecoration of City Hall every year. Her commitment extended to enlisting her husband, Preston, who lent a helping hand each year. Pat Lawley’s 21 years of service to the Beautification Board have left an indelible mark on Hoover, ensuring the city remains a beautiful place for its residents. 

The Hoover City Council meeting showcased the city’s commitment to honoring those who have made significant contributions to the community. From long-serving public works professionals to dedicated fire department personnel, crowned beauty queens, and new appointments to the Beautification Board, the meeting was a celebration of diverse talents and dedication that shape Hoover into the thriving and attractive city it is today. These individuals are true pillars of the community, and their work will continue to benefit the city for years to come.