Randall Woodfin Is Birmingham’s Next Mayor
This year there have been so many young people running for different local positions. When asked how do we see change one answer that always comes up is, vote after that get involved. We are very happy to announce the new Mayor of Birmingham is Randall Woodfin making him the youngest Birmingham mayor since David Fox took office in 1893
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Birmingham Mayor (70 of 71 polling stations reporting)
Randall Woodfin: 24910 votes; 58%
William Bell: 17353 votes; 41%
— Randall Woodfin (@WoodfinForBham) September 29, 2017
Randall Outlined his first 100 days in an interview with AL.com
On my first day in office, I will launch Operation Trust Restored – a comprehensive strategy to clean and open up city finances. This initiative will begin with three transformative changes that will alter the current way business is done at City Hall.
Audit. As a first priority, the Woodfin Administration will conduct a full, independent audit of all city expenditures to identify any fraud and abuse in City spending that occurred under the Bell Administration. Wasteful spending will be identified and contracts that do not clearly benefit the people of Birmingham will be immediately canceled.
Transparency. The finances of the City of Birmingham belong to the people of Birmingham, but under the current administration, uncovering how city money is spent is often complicated. If citizens or the media come to City Hall to obtain information, it should be easily provided to them. To remedy this, all future expenditures of the city will be posted on the internet, similar to the process used by the State of Alabama, so that anyone can assess them at any time.
Eliminating Nepotism. Under the Woodfin Administration, the city will implement tougher policies to prevent any immediate family member from being able to influence the city procurement process. At no time should a close relative of the mayor or other elected leaders be able to determine who gets contracts with the city. Contract decisions should be made based on qualifications, price, and other legitimate criteria that benefit the city.
In an effort to boost city employee morale and performance, we will also launch listening tours with employees of each city department. I believe that City Hall will only go as far as our employees take it, so I want to hear from you and find ways we can work together to make Birmingham the best version of itself.
After our inauguration, we will take steps to restructure the Office of the Mayor. William Bell currently has a staff of 101 people, larger than some of the country’s most populated cities. We will reduce the size of the Mayor’s Office and reallocate those resources to the Police Department and Public Works employees for neighborhood revitalization.
I am optimistic about the future of our great city. We must implement an all hands on deck approach if we want to renew our commitment to openness and transparency and tackle the many challenges that are plaguing our city.
I am excited to write the next chapter of Birmingham’s history with the families and small businesses that helped shape my campaign. You have made it clear that you expect more from the Mayor’s Office, and I aim to deliver that leadership to you.
Birmingham, let’s get to work.
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