Vestavia Hills Living

2018

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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A S H L E Y C U R R Y Served as mayor: 2016 – present ACCOMPLISHMENTS: A retired FBI agent, Ashley Curry was elected as mayor in 2016. While he still has two years left on his term, Curry has several accomplishments already in the books. His administration was able to purchase the building adjacent to City Hall (presently occupied by Gold's Gym), which will become a new Civic Center and community building. The Community Spaces Plan, which was in the planning stages during the former administration, will start in earnest later this year. "This plan will bring needed improvements to our parks and recreational facilities city wide," Curry says. Curry has joined with the mayors of Homewood, Hoover, and Mountain Brook to host quarterly meetings to discuss items of mutual interest or concern. One development from those meetings is the Freedom from Addiction Coalition, an effort to raise awareness about the opioid crisis that is sweeping the nation and the state of Alabama. "Realizing that none of our cities are immune to the problem, we hope to raise awareness locally and develop plans to help individuals that come forward seeking assistance," Curry says. REFLECTIONS: Curry espouses the concept of "servant leadership" developed by Robert Greenleaf, who wrote: "A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the top of the pyramid, servant leadership is different. The servant- leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible." Curry says he was truly humbled to be elected mayor of Vestavia Hills, and is honored to be included among the three former mayors. "I would like to be remembered as a public servant that represented our city with integrity and acted in the best interest of the city," he says. Zaragoza worked to implement sound fiscal policies and budgeting measures, and consolidated city departments and services for improved efficiency and productivity. His administration acquired new equipment for the Police and Fire Departments, developed a new marketing and rebranding initiative for the city, and passed an ordinance banning smoking in all public places in Vestavia Hills. B U T C H Z A R A G O Z A Served as mayor: 2008-2016 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: After a 39-year career with the Vestavia Hills Fire Department, including 10 years as fire chief, Butch Zaragoza became the city's mayor. During his two terms, he guided the city through a change in the form of government to add a city manager role. Other accomplish- ments achieved during Zaragoza's term included the construction of the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, the Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex (SHAC) which now not only includes athletic fields but also a splash pad, park, pavilion and walking trails with other amenities being planned. Mayor Zaragoza also began the development of Patchwork Farms. Zaragoza worked to implement sound fiscal policies and budgeting measures, and consolidated city departments and services for improved efficiency and productivity. His administration acquired new equipment for the Police and Fire Departments, developed a new marketing and rebranding initiative for the city, and passed an ordinance banning smoking in all public places in Vestavia Hills. Zaragoza's administration also conducted planning and oversaw construction of the new City Hall and Police Headquarters, and worked with legislators to pass a bill for entertainment districts in the city. REFLECTIONS: Zaragoza's leadership style is "servant leadership," he says. He hopes he will be remembered as "a true public servant who made a difference." " I would like to be remembered as a public servant that represented our city with integrity and acted in the best interest of the city. " A S H L E Y C U R R Y 2 0 1 8 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 23

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