Woodfin Executive Leadership Announced

November 14, 2017


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin announced today members of his executive leadership team, which includes current city department heads as well as leaders from the private and education sectors in Birmingham.


“Our administration will focus on building our community through servant leadership and make sure we always put our citizens first,” Woodfin said. “We have a special opportunity to transform Birmingham, and that starts with putting together an experienced team that can listen to the citizens and bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the table. Our executive team combines years of experience in Birmingham city government as well as private-sector and education experience.


“Our core values will be customer service, transparency, effectiveness, efficiency and accountability. Each day when we face an issue, we will ask the question about how it affects all 99 neighborhoods,” Woodfin continued.


The Leadership Team


  • Cedric D. Sparks Sr. will be chief of staff in the Woodfin administration. A native of Birmingham, Sparks is a graduate of West End High School and the University of Alabama and has a law degree from Miles Law School. Since 2002, Sparks has been executive director of the city’s Department of Youth Services. Birmingham has been named as one of the 100 best communities for young people.

  • Kevin W. Moore will serve as chief operating officer. Moore has worked for the City of Birmingham for the past 22 years, most recently as the director of the Birmingham Park and Recreation Department.  Moore also served as director of the Birmingham CrossPlex as well as other positions in city government. Moore is a 1992 graduate of Samford University, where he earned a degree in accounting and was a member of the basketball team.

  • Ed Fields will serve as senior adviser and chief strategist. Fields has a long history in Birmingham as a local businessman and civic activist. Most recently, Fields led the Woodfin for Mayor campaign and has been serving as coordinator for the Woodfin Transition Committee. Fields received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Alabama State University and his MBA from the University of Alabama’s prestigious Manderson School of Business. He is the recipient of local and national awards for his efforts in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and entrepreneurial excellence.

  • Kelvin Datcher will serve as director of intergovernmental affairs. A native of Vincent, Datcher graduated from Gettysburg College, where he was awarded a Presidential Scholarship and named an Eisenhower Scholar. His career has included tenures with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Alabama State University, Birmingham City Council staff and REV Birmingham. Datcher has been active in economic development initiatives for the City of Birmingham.

  • Nicole E. King will serve as city attorney. King is a native of Birmingham and graduate of Ramsay High School, the University of Alabama and Texas Southern University Law School. She began her legal career with the City of Birmingham Law Department in 2006 and was selected by the city attorney and mayor as the Law Department’s employee of the year in 2013. During her tenure, she has served as a prosecutor in municipal court and as a litigator in the Civil Division handling both state and federal matters. She has successfully handled cases before the Alabama Supreme Court, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

  • Sylvia Bowen will serve as executive administrator. A native of Birmingham, Bowen is no stranger to government, education or politics. She has served as the Birmingham City Council District 8 chief of staff. She has also served as executive assistant to the dean of academic affairs and as an instructor at Lawson State Community College. She has been helping lead the Woodfin Transition Team. She is a graduate of Tuskegee University and holds a MBA from Johnson and Wales University.


“I could not be more proud of the team we are putting together to help transform our city,” Woodfin said. “Each of these men and women are true public servants. They reflect my core beliefs in integrity, efficiency and concern for each resident of Birmingham. We look forward to continuing to complete our executive team as well as department heads as we near the administration beginning in two weeks.”


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