Chairman Dale Strong presents annual state of the county address

Dale Strong State of the County address
Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 6:29 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2022 at 8:05 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - During his state of the county address to local business and civic leaders, Chairman Dale Strong discussed several topics including the county’s booming population.

“Over 130,000 people live in unincorporated Madison County,” Strong said. “That’s more than the population of Auburn, Dothan, and Tuscaloosa and a larger population than 42 counties in Alabama.”

Chairman Strong said the county’s growth highlights the importance of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

“While the Madison County Sheriff’s Office serves all of Madison County, these 130,000 people rely solely on these deputies to protect their neighborhoods,” Strong said.

Brent Patterson, a spokesperson for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, said the support they have received from the county has drastically changed in the last decade.

“We have come leaps and bounds from where we were ten years ago with the pay of the deputies, patrol vehicles, training, you name it,” Patterson said.

During his address, Strong voiced that the county is in dire need of a new courthouse and that the wheels are already in motion to do so.

“As most of you know, the Madison County Courthouse would not win a lot of beauty contests,” Strong said. “What you might not know is just how outdated the building has become. Maintenance and energy costs begin to rise every year, so the time has come for us to build a new county courthouse.”

Chairman Strong said he hopes the commission will have a spot for the new courthouse selected in the coming months.

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