League Vice President
On May 6, Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar was elected by her municipal colleagues to serve as Vice President of the Alabama League of Municipalities for 2019-2020, making her just the fifth woman elected to this position in the League’s 84-year history. She was elected and took office during the League’s annual convention, which was held in Mobile May 4-7. Mayor Ronnie Marks of Athens was elected President.
League Executive Director Ken Smith looks forward to working with Mayor Dollar over the next year. “Leigh has been actively involved with the League since she was first elected to office,” Smith said. “She has served on a number of League committees and most recently was the Vice Chair of our Committee on Community and Economic Development. Her municipal knowledge and leadership skills have been an asset to our organization; she will serve us well as Vice President.”
Mayor Dollar also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Municipal Funding Corporation (AMFund), an entity created by the League in 2006 to assist Alabama’s municipalities with refinancing existing debt and funding local projects and purchases through cost-effective financing.
Mayor Dollar, who is a CPA with her own accounting firm, began her municipal service in 2012. “I always knew I wanted to run for mayor since in high school,” she said. “It was no secret to anyone in town. The incumbent mayor decided he wasn’t going to seek re-election, so I seized the opportunity.”
She has completed the League’s Basic and Advanced Certified Municipal Official (CMO) programs and is currently working on her CMO Emeritus designation, which is awarded to officials who have acquired a minimum of 120 credit hours of Continuing CMO Education through a series of one-day programs designed especially for mayors and councilmembers who voluntarily wish to receive formal training in municipal government. Emeritus status also requires earning a total of 15 points, which can be achieved by participating on ALM policy committees and attending specific ALM and National League of Cities (NLC) events. Through these programs, Mayor Dollar has received formal classroom training in subjects such as council meeting procedures; parliamentary procedure; 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; municipal revenues and expenditures; personnel actions; and leadership development.
Based in Montgomery, the Alabama League of Municipalities
was organized in 1935 and has served for 84 years as the recognized voice of the cities and towns in Alabama. Representing more than 450 member municipalities, the League works to secure enactment of legislation enabling all cities and towns to perform their functions more efficiently and effectively; offers specialized training for both municipal officials and employees; holds conferences and meetings at which views and experiences of officials may be exchanged; and conducts continuing studies of the legislative, administrative and operational needs, problems and functions of Alabama’s municipal governments.