Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson resigns in support of wife

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Birmingham City Council member and President Pro Tem Jay Roberson has resigned from his post effective Sept. 1.

Roberson made the announcement at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Lawson State Community College.

“Today I announce that I am stepping down from the Birmingham City Council. My wife Niva has accepted a position with the Alabaster City Schools,” Roberson told the crowd at Lawson State, explaining this was a dream job for his wife and that they will be moving to the neighboring town of Alabaster, Ala. where his son will attend Thompson High School.

“Being elected three times to represent the people of District 7 was the honor of a lifetime for me,” Roberson said in a news release. “My wife’s wholehearted support allowed me to have this opportunity. Now is a time for me to support her professional aspirations and do what’s right for my family.”

Roberson, who represented District 7 longer than any of his predecessors, describes his time on the City Council as a labor of love. “I love the district, and I’m gratified to be leaving it even better than I found it,” he said.

Some of Roberson’s noteworthy accomplishments include:

  • Introducing 100 days of nonviolence
  • Serving as a leading collaborator in bringing Red Mountain Park to District 7
  • Supporting Lawson State with an Academic Success Center
  • Eliminating blighted areas

Attempts to reach Roberson have been unsuccessful.

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