Police Citizen Advisory Committee brings cross-section of residents to the table – The Madison Record
MADISON – Nine members of the new resident police group, the Madison Police Citizen Advisory Committee, will bring varied experiences to the table at the first public meeting on September 29.
The committee, responsible for promoting dialogue between the police and residents, will meet at 6 p.m. in the council chamber of the town hall. The agenda will cover the nominations for the president, vice president and secretary, as well as a review of the formation, objectives and adoption of the statutes.
“The formation of this committee was another positive step in establishing communication between our citizens and their local government,” said Mayor Paul Finley. “We are excited about the committee’s commitment and willingness to serve. The mayor, the city council and the police chief chose the members of the committee.
Marc Highsmith, an appointed member of Finley, is pleased “to serve on this committee and actively serve Madison.” Our priority will be to build trust and transparency between our residents and our agents who work diligently to keep our community safe. “
Police Chief Johnny Gandy is optimistic that steps are underway “to further connect our service to the public.” Committee members are passionate and equipped to foster a spirit of partnership and communication.
Committee meetings are open to the public. After the meeting, residents can talk to committee members:
* District 1, Curtis Potts – Recently retired from SAIC as Vice President of Business Operations. Potts, his wife and two daughters have resided in Madison for 12 years. He has served on the Madison County Citizens’ Advisory Council on Planning, the Huntsville and Madison County Leadership Program, the Madison Rotary Club, and the Madison Reserve Police Force.
Potts holds an MA in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He retired as a colonel in the United States Army with 29 years of service including three combat tours. [email protected]
* District 2, Sara Browder – Works as a Senior Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant at JP Enterprises LLC. She received a BA from Pennsylvania State University and an MA in Public Policy from Northwestern University.
Browder has 10 years of experience in root cause analysis, corrective action development and performance improvement. She volunteers for Village of Promise and American Red Cross Disaster Relief. She and her husband Jeff have two children. [email protected]
* District 3, Billie Goodson – has lived in Madison County since 2007. He is a member of the Madison Station Historical Preservation Society and Madison United Methodist Church. Goodson received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Alabama. He served in the National Guard and Army Reserve as an enlisted and officer.
He has a deep interest in law enforcement. He and his wife Susan are parents of four daughters and have 10 grandchildren. [email protected]
* District 4, Frank Fletcher – Retired from Amoco Chemical in Decatur after 30 years. After attending school in Madison County, he studied at Calhoun Community College and Albertson Broughton College in Huntsville. Fletcher served in the United States Army in Vietnam.
Fletcher promises to keep an impartial voice in police affairs. He and his wife have four children. [email protected]
* District 5, Dwayne Craft – A native of Madison County, Craft taught technical theater for many years at Bob Jones High School and is now working in this field at Calhoun Community College. Craft is a published playwright and an accomplished community theater actor. He studied at Athens State University, Florida State University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He and his wife have two children. [email protected]
* District 6, Rebecca Colon Franz – Served in officer positions, including president, with PTA at Horizon Elementary School. Franz volunteers at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in a variety of capacities, including that of Senior Director. She is involved in a new ministry, the Beloved Community.
An army veteran, Franz served in the country and in Germany. She is trained as a police and firefighter. She, her husband (both disabled veterans) and her sons have lived in Madison for 11 years. [email protected]
* District 7, Arthur Brackett.
* Appointment of Mayor, Marc Highsmith – Retired from the US Army after 21 years as Lieutenant Colonel. He worked as Inspector General at Redstone Arsenal. Highsmith received a bachelor’s degree from Missouri Western State University and a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Highsmith worked as an assistant professor at Alabama A&M University. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Madison, Alpha Phi Alpha and a volunteer with Friends of Africa in Djibouti, Africa. He and his wife are parents of two children. [email protected]
* Appointment of Police Chief, Rajiv Sharma – Originally from India but raised in Nashville. He received a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MA from Emory University. He worked at Deutsche Bank in New York and locally for Raytheon and SAIC. He and his wife, a family doctor, are parents of a daughter.