Bibb County Commission Meeting Highlights: Honoring Ed Lightsey, Welcoming DeLee Benton, and Supporting Local Fire Departments 

By Savannah Logan 


The Bibb County Commission met at 5 PM on June 24, 2024, for a meeting filled with celebrations, introductions, and important announcements. 

One of the highlights of the meeting was the resolution honoring Ed Lightsey, a retired employee of Bibb County, who will be celebrating his 100th birthday on July 4. Ed Lightsey has been an incredibly impactful citizen of Bibb County, and the resolution aims to recognize his many contributions to the community over the years. His dedication and service have left a lasting mark on the county, and this honor is a testament to his legacy. 

The meeting also featured an introduction to DeLee Benton, the new Director of Brierfield Park. DeLee, of Meridianville, Alabama, is one of five siblings and a proud alumna of the University of Montevallo. She furthered her education with a master’s degree from Samford University in Homewood, Alabama. 

In her new role, DeLee Benton will not only manage the property of Brierfield Park but also bring a wealth of ideas aimed at enhancing the park experience for visitors. She has exciting plans in store, including Gospel music performances, plays, musicals, market days, and much more, promising a vibrant and engaging future for Brierfield Park. 

In a significant gesture of support for local emergency services, the Commission approved the distribution of $22,000 checks to each of the fire departments in Bibb County, including Brent, Centreville, Brierfield, Eoline, Cedar Grove, Green Pond, Lawley, and West Blocton Fire Departments. This financial support will aid the departments in maintaining and improving their crucial services to the community. 

The meeting emphasized the Commission’s commitment to recognizing the contributions of its citizens, welcoming new leadership with innovative ideas, and supporting essential services within the county.