Randall Woodfin’s ambitious plan for Birmingham: a look at promises kept and works in progress

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During his campaign for mayor Randall Woodfin made a bevy of promises to the people of Birmingham to revitalize the city and help restore trust in local government. Many of the promises he said he would accomplish within his first 100 days in office.

Surpassing 100 days in office last month, Mayor Woodfin commemorated his first 100 days in office by presenting The Woodfin Way, his 2018 mayoral transition report, during an event at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, Ala.

As part of our efforts to hold state leaders accountable, Alabama Today decided to look back on Woodfin’s specific 100 days campaign promises and see where he is on accomplishing them. We allowed his office the opportunity to respond to the outstanding commitments he has yet made and have included additional accomplishments.

Investing in Birmingham’s Transportation Infrastructure

Restoring pride and trust in City Hall

  1. Within the first 100 days, I would identify a City Council sponsor for an ordinance establishing a “participatory budgeting” pilot program where neighborhood leadership and Birmingham residents set the priorities for development projects in their neighborhoods.
    1. Via the mayor’s office: The Mayor has publicly stated that he will launch the participatory budgeting pilot program in the next fiscal year due to the lack of time available in this fiscal year.
  2. Within the first 100 days, I would meet with each City Council member to identify key shared district priorities between them and my office and commit to resolving these concerns during my first term.
    1. Via the mayor’s office: The Mayor has met with each member of the Birmingham City Council to identify key shared priorities.
  3. Within the first 100 days, I would assign interagency rapid response teams of city agencies to each City Council member that can quickly address city services issues in their districts.
    1. Via the mayor’s office: The Mayor will announce the interagency rapid response team in May 2018.
  4. Within the first 100 days, I would commission the City Chief Information Office to make my travel schedule and expenditures easily accessible and searchable on the City website.
    1. Via the mayor’s office: The Mayor will announce a major transparency initiative in May 2018 which will include the travel schedule.
  5. Within the first 100 days, I would eliminate the funding used for Mayor Bell’s security detail and reinvest the savings into the Division of Youth Services.
    1. Half-way done. Woodfin downsized the detail by one officer, after promising to eliminate it.
  6. Banning any relatives of the Mayor from working for the City in any role that could influence procurement decisions.
    1. Via the mayor’s office: Work is pending to address this issue.
  7. Within the first 100 days, I would work with the City Council to adopt a nepotism policy that would ban any of my close relatives from working for the City in any role that involved procurement decisions.
    1. Via the mayor’s office: Work is pending to address this issue.
  1. Work with our state delegation to institute term limits so that no Mayor of Birmingham – including myself – can run for more than two consecutive four-year terms.
    1. Done.

Other milestones the Mayor’s office is touting:

  1. Launched executive search for six city department heads
  2. Held weekly mayor staff meetings and department head meetings
  3. Served 8,000+ citizens more than 11,000 meals in warming stations
  4. Reinstituted employee COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) and longevity pay
  5. Launched new city websiteLaunched customer and employee-centric initiatives
  6. Secured unanimous vote on BJCC renovation and expansion project
  7. Instituted ticket distribution fair practices
  8. Hosted Public Works Employee Engagement
  9. Addressed major facilities Issues (elevators, heating, air)
  10. Launched Operation Step Up
  11. Hosted inaugural State of the Community event
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