By Rob Logan
Just like each of you, elected officials and staff at the City of Holly Springs take the opportunity the new year brings to look at all the good things the past year brought us, and to look forward to what the coming days will bring.
In addition to the election of a new mayor in Steve Miller, the Holly Springs Police Department saw a change in leadership: Michael Carswell was sworn in as police chief on Dec. 5. Chief Carswell has been with the department since 2009, and served under former Chief Ken Ball as deputy chief since January 2014. Chief Carswell brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role. Council member Dee Phillips, chair of the city’s Public Safety Committee, is confident Chief Carswell is right for the Holly Springs Police Department and the residents of Holly Springs. “He has been nothing but a positive force since joining the city. He has shown immense leadership skills, and has acquired the respect of all city employees and his fellow police officers,” she said.
Taking over as deputy police chief is Tommy Keheley, who was sworn in Dec. 2. Keheley comes to the city with more than 45 years of experience in law enforcement and 25 concurrent years in the military. Most recently, he worked as an investigator with the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, attorney general and governor.
In addition to changes in leadership, the city will continue to grow throughout 2017. Holly Springs Parkway Community is a proposed 97 townhome community along Holly Springs Parkway at Edmonson Lane, just south of the Publix at East Cherokee Drive. The Holly Springs City Council will consider the request for this property to be rezoned from general commercial and light industrial to traditional neighborhood development for the townhome community at its council meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 19.
Travelers along Holly Springs Parkway and Sixes Road can enjoy the convenience of the new AT&T store that opened in December. The attached Starbucks is scheduled to open by the end of January, with the nearby Taco Bell not far behind. Sutherlin Nissan located on Holly Springs Parkway across from Walmart is under construction and should open by spring 2017.
From the City of Holly Springs, we wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2017!