With just more than a month before Sandy Stimpson takes over as mayor of Mobile a letter revealing his transition team’s responsibilities sheds light on what citizens can expect.
The letter, which was sent from transition co-chairs Joe Bullard and Michael Pierce, outlines three goals and lists 10 committees that will be looking at everything from public safety to inaugural activities.
The main activities of the transition team will be to evaluate and review the structure of many aspects of city government. Public safety, public works, environmental services, public services, parks and Azalea City Golf Course are just a few facets being examined and possibly re-worked.
Other committees will take a look at administrative and financial services, the current legal system, policies, crisis preparedness and cultural and civic development. The Inaugural Activities committee will look at “how to adapt/create inclusive inaugural event(s) that is cost-friendly and truly representative of One Mobile.”
Stimpson’s Chief of Staff Colby Cooper explained how the committees were broken down and what each group will do.
“There are eight committees that deal with the current governmental structure — public safety and enforcement, public services dealing with engineering and then public services dealing with public works and parks, administrative services, financial services, cultural and civic development and legal,” Cooper said. “The policy committee deals with what was said during the campaign and looking at what will help the goal of being One Mobile.
“Then there is crisis preparedness, which is something a leader needs to be familiar with from day one. It’s important to know what to do if a natural or catastrophic event occurs.”
The inaugural committee is also delving into creating an event that would be open to the public, Cooper said.
All the committees will complete a final report that will provide a snapshot of the departments.
The report will note the 2013 and 2014 budget allotments, number of employees, any hot issues and general observations.
While the policy committee has not completed its final report, Cooper did say what the group would be trying to create.
“The committee will do its due diligence to make sure it captures every position discussed in the campaign. However, every policy and action implemented will be to help make Mobile the safest, most business and family friendly city in America by 2020,” Cooper said.
During the campaign, Stimpson advocated adopting a balance scorecard. The balance scorecard would have various areas and there would be a speedometer-like device online that would show where the city should be and where it is in terms of accomplishing a particular goal.
The mayor-elect also touted the importance of transparency.
Those policies will be part of helping the team achieve the three goals set out in the letter.
The committees will be instrumental in helping the mayor-elect accomplish his first goal, which is to learn as much as possible about the city’s structure and activities.
While the nine groups examining the departments and issues, the entire transition team will also be looking for the inefficiencies and finding the possible solutions.
Policy, accountability and transparency are also high on the list of what the Stimpson camp will strive to accomplish.
The third goal is to communicate with the citizens of Mobile, which falls in line with being transparent as possible.
Before Stimpson takes office in November, there will be two meetings with the entire transition team in attendance to discuss their findings.
What is not mentioned in the letter is filling the chief of police and finance director positions. Chief Micheal Williams and Barbara Malkove retired following Mayor Sam Jones’ defeat on Aug. 27.
Chief of Staff Al Stokes also retired, but Stimpson has announced Cooper as Stokes replacement.
Stimpson also reappointed the city attorney. Larry Wettermark had held the position for Jones’ terms, but Ricardo Woods will now represent the city of Mobile.
The mayor-elect told Lagniappe in an earlier interview that he favored a national search for police chief, but would not neglect to look internally for Mobile’s next police chief.