By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor
“Our town is doing good; just about as good as it has in years. I plan to keep it going,” said Hokes Bluff’s newest City Councilman Scott Reeves.
Reeves was sworn in by Judge Tom King on Tuesday, June 10 during a ceremonial swear-in at a crammed Hokes Bluff City Hall. What makes the event so special is the shoes Reeves will fill as he serves his term as councilman.
Reeves’ father is the late Hokes Bluff Mayor Gary Reeves, who died of congestive heart failure during his second term as mayor in May. Reeves had served on the Hokes Bluff City Council since May 2003, and was appointed as mayor in 2008 and 2012.
“My dad always said he wasn’t a politician, but a public servant to the citizens of Hokes Bluff, and that’s what my brother believes in,” said sister Wendy Reeves Gray.
“My dad and brother were very, very close and in the time they spent together my brother learned a lot from my dad,” she continued. “Mayor isn’t a full time position, but my dad made it full time. My brother will do the same thing as he fights for the same things my dad believed in.”
Councilman Reeves is a life-long Hokes Bluff resident, where he graduated from Hokes Bluff High School in 1983. He is married to Stacy Reeves and they have two sons, Drey and Andrew Reeves. He has worked for the Alabama Power Company since 1987 as local operation lineman. Reeves coached Hokes Bluff youth baseball and football, and served as youth football President.
Reeves is an active, life-long member of New Bethel FCM Church in Hokes Bluff, where he has served as deacon for almost 24 years. He teaches young adult Sunday school class and is the church leader, treasurer and trustee.
He inherited the position as CEO of Reeves Farm when his father died. Reeves said of the farm, “We have a strong family. We all live in unity on the farm, and my father believed in unity.”
Reeves is an active community volunteer and participates in the Keep America Beautiful Campaign and makes an effort to keep Hokes Bluff cleaned up.
Reeves controls the Avenue of Flags that his father started, and said he plans to carry on his father’s legacy by continuing the efforts he worked so hard for.
Councilman Reeves plans to run for mayor of Hokes Bluff in 2016.
“My dad believed in the Lord, first of all. Then he believed in hard work,” he said. “I’m going to keep the flag up.”