Albertha Grant named City Spotlight for September
City Administrator Albertha (Bert) Grant is delighted to be on board with the City of Jacksonville. Grant was hired July 30th replacing Jarrod Simmons. “I am honored to be able to work in the city that I live In,” says Grant. “There is still a lot to learn, but I know I’m going to love this job. I look forward to working for the mayor and with the council to improve the city and the lives of the citizens of Jacksonville. I just love being a part of this great city.” According to Mayor Johnny Smith, “Bert Grant has been the City Administrator for the City of Jacksonville for only a short time. She has taken on this position with a lot of enthusiasm. She has already proven helpful and is working hard to learn the procedures of city government. She truly has the desire to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Jacksonville”
Photo & Story by Anita Kilgore
Grant has many responsibilities at the city. Her duties include: managing the finances for the city, supervising Human Resources, Planning and Building, the library, and Parks and Recreation departments, she is also available to advise the mayor and city council when needed.
Grant is a South Carolina native. She graduated from Bonds-Wilson High School, and then earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of Charleston. She married her high school sweetheart, Roy, and became a military wife. They have two children together. Their son, Ray, who lives in the area, and their daughter, Latonia, resides in Huntsville. They are blessed with six grandchildren. They relocated to the area in 1985, where her husband was stationed at Ft. McClellan. She worked at the fort as a Civil Service worker from 1986 to 1997. The family then spent some time overseas. They maintained a home in Jacksonville and came back to the area because the children always thought of Jacksonville as home. Grant also has a daughter that is buried in the local area.
Grant is a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Anniston where she is very active. “My church is my passion,” says Grant. She is the Christian Education Director and also heads up Naomi’s Food Pantry as well as the GriefShare ministry there. When not at work or church, Grant enjoys reading, walking and fishing. “There is just something calming and peaceful about standing on a river bank fishing. I just love it.” Grant has tried to implement exercising in her busy schedule. “It is usually late when my day ends, but I try to get at least 30 minutes in. I feel like I shut down the Community Center some nights.”
When asked about future plans, Grant says, “I want to work closely with the Mayor and City Council to carry out their vision for the city, seek out opportunities to increase revenue while simultaneously reducing expenses, promote excellence among city employees, and provide sound guidance on a host of issues coming to city hall daily. Bottom line, I’d like to work together to move Jacksonville forward.”
Good luck, Bert Grant, on your new position as City Administrator for the City of Jacksonville. We are lucky to have you.