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Birmingham Promise executive director announces plans to step down, board of directors to conduct national search for successor

Birmingham, Ala. – Birmingham Promise chief Rachel Harmon will step down in early 2022, and the economic mobility initiative will soon launch a national search for a new executive director. Harmon, who is leaving to attend Yale Law School, will remain on the job until a new director has been hired and has time to […]

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Mayor Woodfin appoints Chaz Mitchell as Chief of Operations for City of Birmingham

Mayor Randall L. Woodfin has appointed current Deputy Chief of Operations Chaz Mitchell as the new Chief of Operations for the City of Birmingham. As Chief of Operations, Mitchell will ensure that City of Birmingham has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and systems in place to ensure financial strength and that the […]

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Mayor Woodfin Appoints Birmingham Police Department Leadership

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA — Oct. 27, 2021 —  Mayor Randall L. Woodfin has reappointed Patrick D. Smith as Chief of the Birmingham Police Department. “When I appointed Chief Smith in 2018, I was very clear about our objectives: modernize the police department with a focus on making the city safer for the people of our city.,” Mayor […]

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Mayor Woodfin appoints Jennifer Egbe to Birmingham Airport Authority

Birmingham, AL – Mayor Randall L. Woodfin has announced the appointment of Jennifer Egbe to the Birmingham Airport Authority Board of Directors. Egbe is a partner with the law firm of Huie Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP. She is a 2017 honoree of the Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40. Egbe is involved in several […]

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Mayor Woodfin Announces Executive Leadership Team for Second Term

Birmingham, AL – Mayor Randall L. Woodfin has announced appointments for the city’s leadership in his second term which will begin November 23, 2021. Mayor Woodfin has reappointed Chief of Staff Cedric Sparks and Senior Advisor and Chief Strategist Ed Fields. Kevin Moore, who currently serves as Chief of Operations, will move into the role […]

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Mayor Woodfin appoints Chief Accountability Officer for second term

Mayor Randall L. Woodfin has appointed veteran city attorney Melissa Smiley as Chief Accountability Officer for the City of Birmingham. As Chief Accountability Officer, Smiley will drive the agenda and values of the Woodfin administration through active monitoring, evaluation and assessment of policies and processes, as well as contracts with service providers to the city. […]

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Juneteenth Becomes Official City of Birmingham Holiday

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham City Council approved a recommendation by Mayor Randall L. Woodfin to make June 19, Juneteenth, an official city holiday. “What started as a celebration in Galveston, Texas, has become a beacon of progress nationwide, one that mirrors Birmingham’s own legacy of social justice and inclusion,” Mayor Woodfin said. “That’s why […]

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City to Launch Embrace Mothers Guaranteed Income Initiative

Birmingham, AL – The Birmingham City Council provided final approval today on a Mayor Randall L. Woodfin administration initiative to provide guaranteed income to 110 Birmingham residents through monthly payments. Embrace Mothers is a City of Birmingham pilot program in partnership with Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI), a network of mayors advocating for guaranteed income to give Americans an income floor. On […]

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Alabama students may apply to college with no fees Oct. 18 -22

Between Oct. 18-22, thousands of Alabama high school students can get their application fees waived when applying to certain colleges, universities and community colleges during the week of Oct. 18-22, 2021, which is Alabama College Application Week. Alabama College Application Week was started nine years ago to increase the overall number of students in our […]

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Poet Seneca Wilson celebrates city’s 150th with words of strength and hope

By Chanda Temple When Birmingham poet and author Seneca Wilson heard that the Magic City was celebrating its 150th birthday this year by encouraging the public to write love letters about the city, he took the opportunity a step further. He wrote a poem and then did a voiceover for a video to highlight major […]

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