Citizens in Abbeville hold town hall meeting, only one city official attends

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Abbeville, Ala. (WDHN) — The citizens of Abbeville want to have a more transparent view of how the city and police department are running as a whole because of issues that have arisen within recent months.

Some citizens held a town hall meeting Tuesday night where they could speak to city officials about those issues.

However, only one showed up.

“I’ve never been one to put everything we do out on news media and stuff like that, like different cases we make and things of that nature,” said Noel Vanlandingham, Abbeville’s Chief of Police. “They see other departments doing that and they were wanting to know, basically, what have we done as far as drugs and things of that nature.”

During the meeting, Vandlingham spoke on the drug cases he and his department made from November 2018 to November 2019. He said around 100 drug cases have been made and thinks by having these town hall meetings will help to make a connection between the citizens and himself.

“I’ve always had an open-door policy to anybody in the city that has a concern whether it be drugs or a concern about how one of my officers is acting,” Vanlandingham said. “That is going to continue to be my policy, I’ll talk to anybody that has a concern or question.”

One Houston County resident said that he thinks other towns should hold meetings where residents can meet with city officials outside of their offices.

“I think it’s important to that the towns should be more informal to their citizens,” Antonio Crews Jr. said. “I think the citizens have the right to know what’s going on and what’s being done.”

Vanlandingham also said that if go talk to him about a matter, you will be heard.

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