By William C. Singleton III
The Hoover City Council named current city parks board member Craig Kelley as its newest school board member recently.
Kelley, 59, has served on the Hoover Parks and Recreation board for eight years. He will replace current School Board President Paulette Pearson, who is leaving the post in July. Kelley will begin his five-year term in June.
Kelley said he wanted to reserve comment about his plans and goals as a school board member until he officially starts his tenure. However, he said he’s glad the council saw fit to appoint him to the school board.
“It’s a huge responsibility. I’ll take it very, very seriously. It will only come second place to my family and my faith,” he said.
Kelley is vice president of Dunkin-Lewis Inc., a sales and marketing agency for industrial firms. He has been a resident of Hoover for 34 years. He has two children who graduated from the Hoover school system and another who is a senior at Hoover High.
Kelley was one of eight candidates who applied for the school board position.
Council President Jack Wright said he chose Kelley for the job because he was the most qualified and has proven his civic-mindedness through his service on the park board.