James Perkins Jr.

Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. speaks at an event in 2020.

The way Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. sees it, the city of Selma is ending the year on a high note.

“For city government staffers, morale is up; we’re in a good place,” Perkins said. “When employees are in a good space, they provide better customer relations.”

Perkins said he believes the improved morale in city hall has rubbed off on the whole city.

“We’ve made improvements in the quality of life,” Perkins said. “That’s important. It’s improved the morale of the city itself. It’s huge.”

In an interview on Dec. 30, Perkins said he believes he got city government “working again.”

“When I came in, we did not have a single department that was functioning,” Perkins said. “All 18 (city) functions were dysfunctional. We reconfigured. We stood the departments back up in a year.”

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