Friday, July 19, 2013
A lifetime resident of Andrews, Eddie Lee is a retired criminal investigator with the Andrews Police Department, where he served 22 years, nine months and six days.
He now plans to make a conscious effort to make some changes in Andrews.
“I already have a good relationship and a good rapport with the community,” Lee said.
Lee said he has never been on the Town Council and has no ill will against the town council members.
“My thing is with my years of experience as a criminal investigator, the number one thing I did was graduate from the police academy with a B+,” he said. “And my experience is with the grand jury and knowing how to talk to people, so they understand what I am saying.”
According to Lee, he would like to remind the people of Andrews what a good job he did back when he was a criminal investigator and that he will continue to do that kind of job in the new capacity. “I intend to work with the council for the betterment of the community, if elected,” he said. “I just want to think about the future and not the past.”
Lee will also continue to work with Jamal Richardson on cleaning up the John J. Shaw Park on Jones Avenue in Andrews.
“Basically I’ll have a more concerted effort in reference to the community which includes possibly making contact with Rep. Carl Anderson and Sen. Yancey McGill who can assist us with appropriation of funds,” Lee said.
Lee has already put out some correspondence in reference to what his intentions are and what he intends to do for the community.
“A lot of people know me and that’s going to help me as well,” he said. “I am well known in Andrews.”
As far as long-term aspirations, Lee said he wants to do one job at a time.
“Maybe with time, if the people say so, if I can attain this position, I am going to try to attain good,” he said. “If I can be successful with this, then I think there’s the possibility with time to come I’ll probably run for Mayor.”
In regard to the mayor and the Council, “I’m not going to waste time saying bad things about them,” he said. I’m just basically going to have a different platform.”
Lee emphasized he is home-grown from Andrews and if elected will be dedicated to the problems and the needs of the town.
“I will to the best of my ability and try to assist them and try to do anything and I’m going to tell them the truth and not lie to them.”
“I’ll be honest with them,” Lee said. “I’ll do my best for everyone in this community.”
He retired in 2010 and spends time with his wife Melanie and eight adult children and 25 grandkids.
By Barbara Gengler
For The Times