ASHVILLE – Ricky Parker is the newest St. Clair County commissioner.
Parker, 64, was sworn in Thursday in the Commission Chambers by St. Clair County Probate Judge Mike Bowling in front of friends, family and several elected officials.
Parker was appointed by Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday morning. He took over the District 2 seat that was left vacant by Ken Crowe, who was appointed by Ivey in December as the new St. Clair County revenue commissioner after former Revenue Commissioner Elizabeth Mealer retired.
“It’s an honor just to be considered,” Parker said. “I feel blessed, and I thank all the people who supported me, made phone calls to and sent letters to Montgomery.”
Parker is not new to politics. For the past six years, he served on the Moody council.
Early Thursday, Parker hand delivered a resignation letter to Moody Mayor Joe Lee.
Lee said he and Parker have been friends for years.
“I was glad when he became a Moody councilman, and he has served our city in a great way the past six years,” Lee said. “I am happy to see him get this appointment and thrilled to know he will be our representative on the commission. I look forward to working with him for many years to come.”
Commission Chairman Paul Manning said he was proud Ivey appointed Parker.
“Ricky Parker will add to this County Commission and do a great job,” Manning said. “He will bring a lot to the table.”
Manning said Parker retired from many years in law enforcement.
“He has done a lot for the school children of St. Clair County,” Manning said. “He has done a real service to the schools and has always been available.”
Lyman Lovejoy, a close friend of Parker’s, said the new commissioner is familiar with the areas of Margaret, Odenville and Moody.
“He will be a great commissioner,” Lovejoy said.
Parker said he understands his area is District 2, but he wants people to know he will work for all residents of St. Clair County.
“I represent everyone in St. Clair County, not just District 2,” Parker said. “I will attend council meetings in Ragland, Riverside and Pell City, attend chamber luncheons, etc.”
Parker retired from law enforcement after 34 years. He started in that profession in Odenville in 1980. He left there and went to Leeds, worked for the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and and then went back to Leeds, where he retired in 2005. He was also the police chief in Margaret for seven years from 2006-13.
He also retired from the Air National Guard, 117th in Birmingham. He was on active duty for six years and spent time in Desert Storm in 1990.
He and his wife, Christy, have been married 27 years. They have three children and two grandchildren.
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