Councilman Hunter Pepper and Mayor Tab Bowling clash in heated email exchange

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur Councilman Hunter Pepper is making headlines again.

An email exchange between council member and Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling chastised Pepper for his reported irresponsibility.

On July 12, Andrea Hoffmeier of the 1Duck organization, OneDecatur United Citizens Kaizen, sent an email to city council members with questions that needed to be answered before the next council meeting.

Pepper responded to all in that email and that’s where the exchange began.

Hoffmeier sent the email to Pepper and other city officials, but several people are not connected to the city government.

Pepper, who is said to have missed several city council meetings, responded to all in the mail saying he would ‘miss Monday morning’s council meeting’ because he was ‘completely unaware that my family vacation was this coming week. beginning Sunday and ending next Sunday.”

Mayor Bowling responded, also responding to the 30 outside individuals and organizations in the email by stating, “You have missed many meetings and business sessions. Not knowing about a planned family event doesn’t help me, Mr. Pepper. This means that you may be a day or two late for your councilman vacation, given your recent absences.

Bowling went on to say in another email, “I encourage you to get your priorities straight, especially given the ongoing embarrassment you continue to bring to our city during this historic time of growth.”

Hoffmeier and the other non-municipal officials told News 19 they were stunned by the continuation of the exchange.

“This whole administration really needs to take a step back and assess how it presents itself to its constituents and how it behaves towards each other, and I think it really needs to invest in developing the capacity to dialogue. “, said Hoffmeier.

The exchange continued through several responses. Some council members said the mayor was irrelevant.

“The mayor has no control over Hunter Pepper,” Councilman Billy Jackson said. “No one controls Hunter Pepper except his constituents.”

On July 2, Pepper was seen on police body camera video during a reported confrontation with Decatur police over an issue with him possessing fireworks at his home.

Mayor Bowling declined to comment on the trade. Pepper said he just wanted to continue serving the city of Decatur.


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