Bandy running for West Point council

Published 11:02 pm Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tracy Bandy announces his candidacy for a seat on the West Point city council.

Bandy was born in Valley, Alabama. but raised in West Point. He attended both West Point and Troup County schools. He is a graduate of the Georgia Fire Academy, Northeast Alabama Police Academy at Jacksonville State University.

He holds certifications as a arson investigator, criminal investigator, death and homicide investigator, narcotics investigator, Ga. Smoke diver, fire instructor, public educator and grant writer. Bandy said he is running because he believes staying involved is a civic duty. He also has over 21 year working in city government. He said west Point has a lot of opportunity and believes the resources are available to help move the city forward while continuing to keep the millage rate and taxes down. He said with Kia, its suppliers and Point University, the city has experienced a lot of growth, which sets West Point up for a major challenge. He believes the city must take advantage of that opportunity.

Some of the topics listed in Bandy’s platform are reducing violent crimes, transportation for senior citizens, eliminating sub standard housing and utility adjustments for those who meet the criteria. Bandy said his main emphasis will focus on public safety, I feel every citizen should feel safe at all times. Bandy said his roles working with city government includes parks and recreation, fire, police, code enforcement and administration. He prepared monthly stats for city council meetings, sought bids and purchased equipment and wrote and received grants while serving as a police lieutenant. Bandy was once selected as a finalist for the position of chief of police.  Bandy said he wants to be transparent and open to the public. He said he will be accessible and wants people to know they can reach out to him.