Buddy Jordan says he never saw himself as a politician.
He was simply a father of four who wanted the City of Milton to make some improvements, especially in the area of recreation.
So he ran for a seat on the Milton City Council, not at all sure that he would win.
“I just tested the waters, and I won,” Jordan said.
That first election was in 1986 and he still is a City Council member, 27 years later
“I’ve enjoyed nearly every minute of it,” said Jordan.
He and his wife, Carole, live on Conecuh Street, barely a block from where he was born 78 years ago.
Years ago, he remembers, the only piece of playground equipment at Milton Recreational Park was a single slide.
“Today we have some Grade A recreational equipment,” Jordan said, citing progress in numerous areas, including recreational activities, sports leagues and parks, for humans and dogs, too.
Council members deal with a wide variety of issues. Jordan serves on committees involving storm water, downtown Milton, public safety, public works and other topics.
He’s glad to see progress on Canal and Sanders streets. The Sanders Street upgrade, for example, shows how various issues are linked. Drainage improvements there will keep dirty storm runoff from finding its way into Blackwater River and other bodies of water.
Jordan says the last dozen years or so have produced many improvements – new buildings like City Hall, the fire station and a wastewater treatment facility – and city employees who are well trained and professional.
“We have made some good steps,” said Jordan.
Jordan said the city leaders are low-key, which is one reason for Milton’s success. He’s happy that Council members don’t hold grudges even when they disagree.
“If we don’t agree, we discuss it and we move on,” he said. “We try to cooperate with each other.”
Jordan wants the city to stay on the same path for the future.
“The main thing I want the city to do is maintain what we already have,” he said. “Right now, we’re in pretty good shape.”
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