As the year 2023 draws to a close, the City of LaFayette anticipates a dynamic year ahead. A notable transition awaits residents as they bid farewell and extend best wishes to Judy Meeks, a trailblazer as one of the first women to serve on the City Council.
Judy Meeks, who dedicated a commendable 16 years as the Representative of Ward 3, marked her service in two distinct periods—from 2004-2008 and, after a brief hiatus, from 2012 until her retirement. Opting not to seek re-election, Mrs. Meeks leaves a lasting legacy. The November elections welcomed Council Member Tim Rayburn, who will officially assume office on January 2nd.
A proud Alabamian, Mrs. Meeks developed a deep affection for LaFayette during her childhood. Reflecting on her long-standing connection to the city, she remarked, “I thought to myself then, that this was a beautiful city. I’ve always thought so, and I still think so to this day. I count myself lucky to live here.”
Over her tenure, Mrs. Meeks oversaw significant transformations within the city, citing the LaFayette Library renovation in 2013 and the aesthetic enhancements to Main Street among her proudest achievements.
An advocate for increased walkability connecting the Depot Area to Downtown, Mrs. Meeks played a pivotal role in the development of the Villanow Streetscape plan through the Renaissance Strategic Plan and Visioning process. Although she won’t witness its completion from the council chambers, she expressed hope for the continued success of this project, resonating with the desires of over 1200 residents.
Mrs. Meeks steps down from her council responsibilities to dedicate more time to her 54-year marriage with husband Wallace, with the couple set to celebrate their 55th anniversary in August. The community is invited to extend their best wishes to the retiring council member and express gratitude for her numerous years of service to the City of LaFayette.