Wardine Alexander sworn in as District 7 Councilor; Councilor Parker voted Pro Tem; Applications Now Being accepted for Districts 1 and District 6
PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Contact: Chiara Perry
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Former Birmingham Board of Education President Wardine Alexander has been appointed to the vacant District 7 Birmingham City Council seat. Birmingham City Councilor William Parker was voted in as President Pro Tem.
The District 7 seat was vacated by Jay Roberson on September 10.
The vote breakdown is as follows: Councilors Darrell O’Quinn, William Parker, Hunter Williams, Valerie Abbott and Steven Hoyt voted for Alexander. Councilors Lashunda Scales, Sheila Tyson and John Hilliard voted for Lonnie Malone.
Hoyt was the deciding vote, having supported Malone during last week’s vote that ended in a tie.
There was a discussion following Alexander being sworn in revolving around the process that had just played out, including councilors expressing their support of holding a special election to fill the three unexpired Council seats (Districts 1 and 6 will be vacated following Tyson and Scales being sworn in to the Jefferson County Commission on November 13).
Parker was nominated by Councilor Steven Hoyt and, following two councilors declining their nominations, he was confirmed without opposition.
Parker has served on the City Council since December 2013 and chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee.
“It’s an honor to be elected to the seat of Council Pro Tem,” Councilor Parker said. “I’m looking forward to working with all of my colleagues to ensure we address the needs of our constituents collectively.”
Council President Valerie Abbott announced that her office will now be accepting resumes and applications for both District 1 and District 6 positions.
No date for a special election has been set.
According to the Mayor Council Act, the Birmingham City Council shall appoint a replacement to fill the vacant seat at the next meeting.
“Vacancies in the council shall be filled by the council at the next regular meeting or any subsequent meeting of the council, the person so elected to hold office only until the next election of any kind in which the voters of the city to which this Act applies are qualified electors, at which time said unexpired terms shall be filled by said electors in accordance with all provisions of law applicable to such city; in any event, the person elected shall hold office until his successor is elected and qualified.”
For those interested in being considered for the District 1 and District 6 seats, each applicant should be a qualified elector of the City of Birmingham, at least 21 years of age, and shall not hold any other public office except that of notary public or member of the National Guard, naval or military reserve. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 16th at 5:00pm
Interested applicants can secure a copy of the applications here: https://www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org/2018/10/30/applications-open-for-upcoming-vacancies-on-city-council-in-district-1-and-district-6/
This press release was written by Cody Owens, Public Information Officer in the Birmingham City Council Office of Public Information. For media inquiries, contact Chiara Perry, Interim Director of Public Information 205.383.8432.