Family and friends gathered at the Greene County Courthouse to witness the swearing in of Mayor Charlie McAlpine of Forkland along with city councilman Willie Sashington on Wednesday, December 21, 2016.
Charlie McAlpine is a 1974 graduate of the former Paramount High School in Boligee, AL, Alabama A& M University and Troy University. McAlpine retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after more that 37 years. He has experience working at the state, national and international levels.
Mayor McAlpine stated that he is grateful that his entry into the Mayoral office is finally official. “From the onset of the race, it was a real battle. I had four very formidable opponents during the initial race, and one determined hardworking opponent during the the runoff. Now that the race is over, it is time for the real work to begin. The town council and I are ready to move forward in an effort to bring about some positive changes for Forkland, our town.
“Once the council and I have had an opportunity to get some housekeeping measures taken care of and we determine where we are, then we will be able to determine what and where we can go after that. I’m looking forward to the work that lies ahead,” McAlpine stated.
The new mayor expressed sincere thanks to the host of supporters who were by his side during the election. ”I wish to express a special thanks to my children Kellie, Charlie and Taylor, who were at the swearing in; to my siblings around the globe and here at home who never wearied of me; to my friends who kept me motivated; and to the citizens of Forkland who believed in me enough to give me a chance to make a change. Thanks to you all,” said the new Mayor of Forkland, Charlie McAlpine.