Birmingham, AL – Randall Woodfin announced today an endorsement from the Birmingham Fraternal Order of Police Membership (FOP) for the October 3rd mayoral election. The FOP Body consist of 1147 active members in the City of Birmingham. The FOP Executive Board has 5 active members.
"This vote is reflective of the overwhelming sentiment among the FOP membership. The FOP has a real opportunity to sit at the table and help Mr. Woodfin implement his public safety plan as Mayor of Birmingham,” said (Retired) Detective Kenneth Prevo, FOP Lifetime Member and Former FOP Vice President. “The FOP cares about respect, retention and retirement. Birmingham Police deserve good wages, good healthcare and retirement benefits, and improved workplace conditions that will allow us to do our jobs. This is a turning point for the Birmingham Police Department to form a new relationship with City Hall. We are thankful that Mr. Woodfin approached us to open a dialogue with the FOP."
Woodfin, a Birmingham city employee since 2009, voiced support for his fellow colleagues in an open letter in the Birmingham Times. The letter highlighted key elements in Woodfin’s agenda that includes a sensible approach for City Hall to improve morale in Birmingham city employees, including public works, firefighters and police officers.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. Every day, I am inspired by the courage of our first responders. Sadly, William Bell has failed to treat these brave men and women like the true heroes they are,” stated Woodfin. “Experienced employees should be rewarded for their commitment and years of service to our city. As mayor, I would restore annual cost-of-living salary adjustments and longevity pay for Birmingham Police and Fire & Rescue personnel — a policy Bell abandoned.”
Pay for city employees has remained stagnant for several years during William Bell’s tenure as mayor. His recent budget proposal only calls for a 5 percent employee merit raise and 1 percent cost of living increase for city employees. Additionally, the proposal failed to include longevity pay – a critical tool for retaining experienced employees and attracting new employees.
Woodfin’s agenda for city employees is gaining momentum and drawing support locally. The campaign received endorsements of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch #530 in Birmingham and Birmingham Professional Firefighters Association.
To learn more about Randall Woodfin, please visit http://www.randallwoodfin.com.