Birmingham City Council appoints new councilors to District 1 and District 6 vacant seats
PRESS RELEASE Tuesday December 18, 2018
Contact: Chiara Perry
BIRMINGHAM, AL –The Birmingham City Council appointed two new members to the governing body on Tuesday to fill the vacant seats in District 1 and District 6.
Clinton Woods (District 1) and Crystal Smitherman (District 6) were selected by a vote following interviews with the final six candidates that were held while the Council was went into recess.
They will be sworn in when the Council meets on January 2, 2019.
On Thursday, December 13, the Birmingham City Council met with 26 candidates who applied for the vacant seats. Candidates were given one minute to explain why they are the most qualified person for the position; the field was narrowed down to the six candidates who participated in extended interviews on Tuesday.
As stated in the Mayor-Council Act, 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. (Act No. 123, 1965)
The appointed representatives will serve until the next citywide election, a date for which has not yet been determined. The two seats were vacated by Councilors Lashunda Scales and Sheila Tyson when they were sworn in to the Jefferson County Commission on November 14.
“I’d like to say thank you to the Council for making a good and quick decision today,” Council President Valerie Abbott said following the vote.
“I want to congratulate the new councilors. I’m no longer the new kid on the block,” said Councilor Alexander, who was appointed to the District 7 seat last month. “The candidates did not make this an easy task for us. I look forward to you joining us.”
This press release was written by Cody Owens, Public Information Officer for the Birmingham City Council. For media inquiries please contact the Interim Director of Public Information, Chiara Perry at 205.254.2294.