Councilor William Parker (District 4) and Councilor Wardine Alexander (District 7) were elected as the new president and pro tempore of the Birmingham City Council today at the council’s regular meeting.
According to the bio on his city website, Parker describes himself as a “Talladega College graduate has deep political roots. He worked as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Representative Earl Hilliard, D-Birmingham, before being elected to the State Legislature. During his tenure, he served a large portion of Council District 4.
The Birmingham City Council appointed Council President Pro Tempore William Parker to fill his late mother’s term on November 26, 2013. Council President Maxine Herring Parker passed away on November 12, 2013. Council President Pro Tempore William Parker has vowed to continue her work.”
Alexander’s bio notes, “She was appointed to the Birmingham City Council on October 30, 2018 to represent District 7. Her top priorities for the district centers around sustainable programs that will improve public safety, economic opportunity, and the ultimate enhancement of the quality of life for all residents along with effective workforce development and community revitalization programs. She believes that with improved collaboration among the residents, major community/business stakeholders, the Council, and the Mayor, effective change can be brought to District 7 and the City.”
AL.Com reported that “District 8 Councilor Steven Hoyt nominated District 1 Councilor Clinton Woods for president. District 2 Councilor Hunter Williams nominated Parker.
District 3 Councilor Valerie Abbott and Hoyt initially abstained from the vote, but then changed their votes to support Parker. The remaining councilors, except for Woods, then changed their votes to support Parker as well.
Alexander was nominated for pro tem by Williams. Hoyt then nominated District 9 Councilor John Hilliard. Alexander won with five votes. Councilors Hoyt, Hilliard, Smitherman and Woods voted for Hilliard.”
The council president and pro tempore serve 2-year terms.