Executive Director

Ken Smith

Executive Director

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Ken was born in Union Springs, Alabama. He received a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Alabama in 1982 and a J.D. (law) degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1985. Ken was hired as the League's staff attorney in June 1986. Prior to being selected as the League's fourth executive director in June 2011, he served for several years as the League's Deputy Director/General Counsel. He completed a one-year clerkship to Justice Hugh Maddox of the Alabama Supreme Court prior to joining the League's staff.

During his years with the League of Municipalities, Ken has been responsible for advising municipal officials and employees from over 440 member cities and towns. He has written numerous articles and manuals on municipal government; has helped write the handbook and guides used by all elected municipal officials in Alabama; and has addressed numerous gatherings of municipal officials, employees and attorneys on municipal matters. He has also assisted League lobbyists in their efforts through which many laws benefiting municipalities have been enacted by the State legislature. In addition, he serves as liaison between the League and other interest groups on matters affecting municipal government. In 2003, he was presented the Award for Teaching Excellence by the College of Continuing Studies at the University of Alabama.

Ken is the former President of the Alabama Municipal Funding Corporation, also known as AMFund, and presently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of that organization. He serves as the General Manager of the Municipal Workers Compensation Fund (MWCF). He is also the Secretary/Treasurer of the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation (AMIC). He is currently serving a two-year term on the board of directors for the National League of Cities. He is active in the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), an international organization that works to improve the practice of municipal law throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. He has served on the IMLA Board of Directors, the IMLA Restructuring Committee, the IMLA Technology Committee, also on the IMLA Model Licensing Agreement Committee. He presently serves on the IMLA Conference Planning Committee and the IMLA Policy Action Committee. He has also chaired the IMLA Personnel Section and the IMLA State League Attorneys Department. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar, the Montgomery County Bar Association and serves on the Advisory Committee on Municipal Courts, the County and Municipal Liaison Committee and has been a member of the Statewide Task Force for Domestic Violence Training.

Ken is married to the former Brenda Flowers of Elba, Alabama. They are active members of the First Methodist Church in Montgomery.

Theresa L. Cook

Executive Liaison

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Theresa was born in Montgomery, educated in the Autauga County school system and received a Business Administration diploma from Patterson College. She joined the Alabama League of Municipalities in 1992 as an administrative assistant and became the administrator of the League's Certified Municipal Official (CMO) training program in 1995. In January 2010, Theresa became the League's Member Services Director and is responsible for planning all League meetings, NLC meeting registrations and coordinating the League's Annual Convention. In addition, her department plans CMO training sessions; maintains credit hours for participates in the CMO Program; and maintains the League's databases. Prior to joining the League's staff, Theresa worked with the State of Alabama's Treasurer Office.