Langford Convicted: What Next for Birmingham?
If you haven’t heard Larry Langford, Birmingham, Ala., Mayor, Convicted on 60 counts of Bribery and Corruption. These charges alone can earn him 805 years in federal Prison not including the money he will have to return to the people of Jefferson County. Now that Langford is convicted felon he can not serve as Mayor of Birmingham City…
What happens to the Mayor’s office?
The president of the City Council takes over until a special election can be convened and certified. Which has to be conducted within a certain period of time (perhaps 90 days) where the new mayor is chosen.
What does this mean for Birmingham?
Birmingham City Council President Carole Smitherman became Mayor after the first guilty conviction was announced today in Tuscaloosa, AL and Valerie Abbot Councilor Pro Tempore stepped up into the Council President position. The problem with that a new city council will be sworn in the later part of November following an early October vote unseating a few current members and filling a couple vacant seats.
After the oath of office for the new and old members under the current Charter of the City of Birmingham’s Council President must be elected. There is no guarantee that Mayor Carole Smitherman will be re-elected council president and in turn the newly elected council President would take the office of mayor until it can be filled by the special election. It is possible that the City of Birmingham have a 3 mayors in the span of only about 2 and a half months.
Chaos in the making. At this pivotal point in time a strong leader is needed not the in fighting and bickering of city officials. Carole Smittherman has been much of the root of the in fighting and has a dwindling popularity rating with the city of Birmingham as she could have been unseated by an opponent in early October herself. The likely hood of her winning the council president seat again is unlikely. Interim governments or leaders are at best controlled chaos to add unpopular political figures in the mix is likely yo make matters worse.
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