On May 20, Mayor Walt Maddox of Tuscaloosa was elected by his municipal colleagues to serve as President of the Alabama League of Municipalities for 2013-2014. He was elected and took office during the League’s annual convention, which was held in Montgomery May 18-21.
League Executive Director Ken Smith looks forward to working with Mayor Maddox over the next year. “Walt has been active with the League for many years and brings a lot of energy and progressive ideas to our organization,” Smith said. “As League Vice President, he attended many League meetings and training sessions as well as workshops hosted by the National League of Cities. His municipal knowledge and leadership skills will serve us well as League President.”
During his acceptance speech, Mayor Maddox thanked his colleagues for the honor of being chosen president and challenged them to continue to move the association forward: “As a League, and as elected officials, we must never allow the status quo to become our operating norm, nor should we believe that future successes will be based on reputation or tradition. In the months and years ahead, our League must remain strong, vibrant and well-positioned to compete in the race for relevance during this time of monumental economic, social and technological changes. That is why we must continue to challenge; we must continue to innovate; and must continue to lead.”
Mayor Maddox has served the League’s State and Federal Legislation Committee since 2005 and the League’s Executive Committee since 2007. He was a member of the League’s Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee from 2006 until 2008. In addition to his committee involvement, Mayor Maddox spoke to a capacity crowd during the 2012 League Convention on dealing with natural disasters and how Tuscaloosa responded to the devastating April 2011 tornado. He has attended many League workshops and training sessions and has completed the League’s basic Certified Municipal Official (CMO) program, which requires 40 hours of municipal government training in subjects such as council meeting procedures; the Open Meetings Law; public records; ordinance drafting; conflicts of interest; the State Ethics Law; duties of the mayor and council; tort liability; the competitive bid law; zoning and planning; annexation; municipal regulatory powers; and municipal revenues/expenditures.
On May 21, Mayor David Bradford of Muscle Shoals was elected by his municipal colleagues to serve as President of the Alabama League of Municipalities for 2012-2113. He was elected and took office during the League's annual convention, which was held in Birmingham May 19-22.
Mayor Bradford also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation (AMIC), a program developed by the League to provide insurance, loss control and risk management services to Alabama's municipalities and municipal entities such as utility boards and industrial development boards.
Prior to being elected mayor of Muscle Shoals in 2000, Mayor Bradford served as the Assistant Chief of Police. He is a 27-year veteran of the Police Department and received an appointment and graduated from the FBI National Academy. He was the recipient of three commendations and one Governors Life Saving Commendation during his career. In 2002 he received the University of North Alabama Political Service Award and the Shoals Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award. He currently serves on the League's Executive Committee and has received the League's Basic and Advanced CMO designation. In addition, he is a member of the North Alabama Mayors Association and is chair of the Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments.