Joe L. Brown, a longtime resident of Wetumpka, has announced he is running for the District 5 seat on the Wetumpka City Council in the Aug. 25 municipal election.
Brown moved to Wetumpka in July 1977 after accepting a job at Wetumpka High School as the Agriscience Technology Education instructor and FFA advisor. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from Auburn University.
During his 38-year teaching career, he taught over 4,200 students. He coached over 100 teams that competed in county, district, state and national career development events. Under his direction, several students served as Central District FFA Officers and four students served the State FFA Association as state officers.
Under the direction of state FFA president, Whiney Wood Barlow, Brown was inducted on the Wall of Honor in the State FFA Association. He served on multiple district and state committees as a teacher and had the honor of serving on a national committee, the National Consortium for Reinventing Agriculture in the Classroom in 2020, during the fall of 2010.
During his teaching career, horticulture was one of Brown’s major interests. He worked to have an outstanding horticultural program selling thousands of tomato plants, hanging baskets, azaleas and potted plants in the school greenhouse. He also directed his students as they planted all the shrubs and trees on the current Wetumpka High School campus in 1988.
Upon his retirement in May 2015, the horticulture complex at the school was named in his honor.
Brown served eight years on the Wetumpka Pride Committee. While serving on this committee, picnic tables and grills were purchased and placed in all city parks. The committee also installed lights from Dairy Queen on South Main Street to Love Lane. New trailers for collecting recycled materials were also purchased and are still being used today. To enhance the city, hanging baskets were purchased and installed for year-round beauty. Several new permanent flowerbeds were created which continue to add beauty to the city.
Brown is married to Monica Taylor Brown. They have three children, Chappell (Ashley) Brown, Nicholas (Meri) Brown and Hampton Brown. They have two grandchildren, Brooks and Bentley Brown. Joe has been a member of The First Baptist Church of Wetumpka for 43 years where he is an inactive Deacon. He serves on several Christian Ministry Teams.
“If elected, I plan to work closely with the mayor and members of the Wetumpka City Council to foster growth of new businesses in our city,” Brown said. “Having worked with youth for 38 years, I would like to see additional sports venues added to the Wetumpka Sports Complex, such as adding basketball courts and lighted tennis courts for youth and adults to enjoy. I would also like the city to continue to invest and improve facilities for senior citizen activities. Wetumpka is a city poised for greatness and I want to do my part to make this become a reality.”