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“It is a com­mu­nity aware­ness pro­gram,” said Cen­tre Mayor Tony Wilkie. “I think it would be real good for our po­lice depart­ment to do. And with your bless­ings he can get this started.”

“I make the mo­tion to let him go full speed ahead!” said Coun­cil Mem­ber Kay Davis.

“It is a good pro­gram,” said Wilkie. “I think if you get this out in P.R. I think it will be a very good pro­gram for the city.”

On an­other po­lice mat­ter, the coun­cil, dur­ing its Tues­day, June 27, meet­ing, ap­proved par­tic­i­pa­tion in a grant for ad­di­tional bul­let proof vests for of­fi­cers.

The grant funds are awarded on a 50-50 ba­sis with a to­tal amount of $5,340. The city’s por­tion is $2,670.

Coun­cil Mem­ber Davis men­tioned the lo­cal po­lice wives who are spon­sor­ing a back to school drive through the sum­mer un­til school starts again.

“You can drop off school sup­plies of any type at the po­lice head­quar­ters Mon­day through Fri­day from 8 a.m. un­til 4 p.m.,” said Davis. “They are the force be­hind our po­lice of­fi­cers. Be­hind ev­ery good man there is a woman and we have a lot of good po­lice wives.”

The chief al­ways does fundraiser for Re­lay For Life. Chief is ask­ing for some in­house money to buy T-shirts to have in­ven­tory on hand to be able to sell at the fall fes­ti­val and then re­place the money back tot he city of Cen­tre for $1,300. It is ap­proved.

“So I im­me­di­ately sought Shane out, couldn’t talk him out of go­ing to the Navy,” said Day. “He had his mind set on it, he set a goal and he ac­com­plished it and I think he did very, very well. It is an ex­tremely de­mand­ing pro­gram that they have. I be­lieve he is go­ing to serve in the cy­ber war­fare divi­sion. We are very, very proud of him.”

The com­mis­sion then pre­sented the res­o­lu­tion hon­or­ing Race Alexan­der Clausen. Clausen was joined by his fa­ther, Jesse Clausen.

Clausen, a res­i­dent of Chero­kee County, is a 2017 grad­u­ate of Sand Rock High School, as stated in the res­o­lu­tion. He also re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion to the United States Naval Academy from Con­gress­man Mike Rogers.

Clausen, as stated in the res­o­lu­tion, is a re­cip­i­ent of an ap­point­ment to the United States Naval Academy Class of 2021 af­ter com­pet­ing with over 18,000 other ap­pli­cants from across the na­tion from one of only 1,200 avail­able ap­point­ments.

“To our Knowl­edge Race Clausen would be the sec­ond high school grad­u­ate from Chero­kee County to at­tend the United States Naval Academy,” the res­o­lu­tion states.

“His ded­i­ca­tion to pur­su­ing this pres­ti­gious ap­point­ment and his pa­tri­o­tism and de­sir­ing to serve our coun­try as an of­fi­cer of naval ser­vice, of­fer a source of great pride for ev­ery res­i­dent of Chero­kee County, Alabama,” states the res­o­lu­tion.

“And now, there­fore be it re­solved by the Chero­kee County, Alabama, act­ing by and through the county com­mis­sion, the state of Alabama as fol­lows:

“The county com­mis­sion hereby adopts this res­o­lu­tion hon­or­ing Race Alexan­der Clausen and his ap­point­ment to the United States Naval Academy Class of 2021.

“This mo­men­tous achieve ment re­flects great credit upon Race Clausen from Sand Rock High School and ci­ti­zens of Chero­kee County, Alabama.”

Chair­man Day noted that Clausen’s in­duc­tion day is June 29.

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