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Alan Autry is best known for his role as Captain "Bubba" Skinner on the television series In the Heat of the Night. In later life, he was a successful mayor of Fresno, California.
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In November 2000, Autry was elected mayor of Fresno, California, running as a Republican. He was re-elected in 2004, receiving more than 72 percent of the vote. As mayor, he maintained a balanced budget with a surplus, without cutting municipal jobs. He was an impassioned supporter of California's Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage ban. In 2004,
he led a campaign to rid Fresno of homelessness by ordering sweeps of homeless encampments in the city's downtown. A federal court found that the policy violated homeless people's 4th and 5th Amendment rights because it destroyed property without due process.
Although Autry initially disagreed with the ruling, in time he admitted that Fresno's homeless policy was unjust and publically apologized to the homeless community. In the last few months of his final term as mayor, Autry worked with the Fresno City Council to develop a 10-year plan to address chronic homelessness.
After serving as mayor, from 2008 until 2010, Autry hosted a radio talk show in Fresno. He then concentrated his efforts on his production company and actors workshop, producing a film on homelessness entitled Almost Home, in which Autry plays a homeless veteran.
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