Author: Sam Pugh
In the wake of his victory in the 2021 Birmingham mayoral election, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has announced his executive leadership team for his upcoming second term.
Woodfin will bring back the majority of his previous staff for his next term, according to a statement from the mayor’s office Tuesday. Some members will return in their same positions from the previous term while others will move to different roles.
“In keeping with Mayor Woodfin’s commitment to inclusiveness, more than 40% of the overall appointed leadership in the city — including senior directors, directors and deputy directors — are women,” the mayor’s office said in a statement Tuesday.
Cedric Sparks will continue filling his role as chief of staff; Ed Fields will stay as senior adviser and chief strategist; Sylvia Bowen as executive administrator; Earl Hilliard as senior director of governmental affairs; Jill Madajczyk as chief human resources officer; Rick Journey as director of communications; and Nicole King as city attorney.
Deputy Chief of Operations Chaz Mitchell and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Moore will change positions during the next term, according to the mayor’s office. Moore will be taking on the role of chief of operations and Mitchell will become the new chief financial officer for the city.
Chanda Temple, who currently serves as public information officer, will also change positions, becoming the senior project manager for Birmingham. Kelvin Datcher, former director of external governmental affairs, will take on the position of senior adviser to special projects.
Chief Assistant City Attorney Melissa Smiley has also been appointed by Woodfin to the newly created position of chief accountability officer.
Any changes or additions made will not come into effect until Woodfin’s second term begins on Nov. 23, 2021.