Judge dismisses Selma Mayor Darrio Melton’s lawsuit against city council

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A judge has dismissed an Alabama mayor’s lawsuit against his city’s council, the latest development in a power struggle over who can appoint department heads and control spending.

The Selma City Council passed an ordinance removing Mayor Darrio Melton’s authority to appoint a police chief, fire chief and tax collector. The council then overrode Melton’s veto, leading him to sue in October. The disagreement stems from two potentially conflicting sections of state code.

Melton also gave a state of the city address Monday, criticizing the council and media.

Republished with permission from the Associated Press.