Community, Local Politics

Linda Willis Chosen to Fill Open Morris Council Seat

Over the last month, the Morris Town Council set out to fill the partial term of the seat on the Council vacated by Allen Sanders who moved from Morris necessitating his resignation of his District 2 position.

The Council has the authority to vote to fill any vacant position before the end of a term and took an added step of posting the vacancy to residents and giving anyone who was a Morris resident for at least 90 days the opportunity to submit a letter of interest for the position.

Through that process, the Council chose Linda Willis to fill the vacancy and act as the newest member of the Council. Willis will serve the remainder of this term. The next municipal election is set for 2025.

Linda Willis has lived in the Morris area for 50 years and has a long career as a realtor for 33 years. She is the Associate Broker of RE/MAX Northern Properties.

In their announcement to residents about choosing Willis for the Council seat, the Council weighed heavily on the current and future growth of Morris and the experience Willis would bring to all aspects of real estate. Willis told the Herald that she has deep experience “in all aspects of real estate, residential, new construction, development, commercial, zoning and annexation. I have gained a comprehensive understanding of our city’s housing market and the importance of responsible and sustainable development.”

With the explosive growth of neighboring Gardendale and the movement around the new Bill Noble Park in North Gardendale just down from Morris, opportunities are already emerging for high growth in Morris. Willis is measured as to any short-term decisions as to growth, stating that her goal “is to continue with community projects that have already been established and to make decisions that benefit the long-term outcome of our residents, and I would like to move forward with controlled growth.”