Just hours after Mayor Sandy Stimpson was sworn in, he announced a new appointment.

Shayla Jones Beaco was named as the Director of Operations and Community Affairs.

Barbara Drummond held the same position during the Sam Jones administration.


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Beaco was previously with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce as the director of local government affairs. She also previously worked with the city of Mobile’s Urban Development department.

Her experience and knowledge of Mobile led Stimpson to select her for the position.

“Shayla has impeccable credentials and brings a unique skill set of understanding city government and its connection to the business community,” he said. She is a proven leader in Mobile and will be an integral part of my executive team whose advice and counsel I will rely heavily upon.”

Beaco, a longtime resident of Mobile, graduated from Spring Hill College in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She followed that degree by earning a master’s in community planning in 1999.

When she graduated from Auburn, she moved to Mobile and worked for the city of Mobile. She then was hired by the city of Prichard as the director of community and economic development. During her time in Prichard, she developed the city’s first comprehensive plan.

At the chamber, she coordinated Envision Coastal Alabama, which is a two county partnership focused on long-range strategic planning efforts for coastal Alabama.

Beaco was eager to start the job and honored to be selected. She said a great leader and an engaged and enthusiastic community make the best cities.

“As a lifelong Mobilian and public servant, it is indeed an honor to be asked to serve my community in this incredible role,” she said. 

“In every first class city, you will find that its individual success is the direct result of unparalleled leadership combined with an energetic citizenry. Under Mayor Stimpson’s leadership, I look forward to the opportunity to work in partnership with the Mobile community as we collectively strive to become the safest, most business and family friendly city in America by the year 2020.”