Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin announced today six co-chairs to lead three citizen-led committees to address key strategic objectives expected to take top priority under the new administration that begins on November 28.
“Today, it is my honor to announce the Co-Chairs for three of our citizen-led transition committees. Each of these people have many things in common: they all love Birmingham, they all believe Birmingham’s best days are still in front of us, and they are all committed to serving our community and giving of their time to lead our cities transformation.
As you know, during the campaign we pledged that our administration would be focused on neighborhood revitalization every year, every month, every week and every day. To me there is nothing more important than helping improve all 99 neighborhoods in Birmingham. We want our neighborhoods to be safer for our residents as well as provide educational and economic opportunities. We must demand city services that are needed to improve the quality of life for every Birmingham family. That is our goal,” Mayor-elect Woodfin stated.
Neighborhood Revitalization and Public Safety. Co-Chairs are Herschell Hamilton and Detective Ralph Patterson. This committee will focus on blight, affordable housing, public safety, small business development, and transportation.
Social Justice. Co-Chairs are Dr. Nancy Dunlap and Richard Rice. This committee will focus on expanding access to quality healthcare, addressing poverty, human and civil rights, environmental concerns, homelessness, equality, and other issues that plague not only Birmingham but other large cities around the country.
Transparency and Efficient Government. Co-Chairs are Daniel Coleman and Annie Allen. This committee will lead the implementation of Operation Restore Trust to increase transparency and accountability at City Hall. The committee will also lead the effort to reform our city regulations and processes to make sure Birmingham is open for business expansion – both large and small.
Transition Coordinator Ed Fields says that committees will be formed and begin work before November 28. The process for each committee will be three-fold:
Evaluate current city services within their area.
Identify world-class best practices and opportunities for the city.
Develop accountability and budget metrics to help achieve success.
Fields encouraged all residents who want to be involved in the committee and strategic planning process to email email@example.com for more information on how to be involved. In addition to the three committees announced today Fields says additional committees will be announced in the coming days that focus on education, workforce training, business development and entrepreneurship.
Woodfin says that the key to Birmingham being successful over the next four years is to include and engage as many of our citizens as possible in the process.