Hours after Mobile Fire Chief Stephen Dean announced his retirement this morning, Mayor-elect Sandy Stimpson revealed yet another change in the city’s leadership … that of communications director.

George Talbot, state and national political reporter for al.com and the Alabama Media Group, will leave his post with the newspaper to become Stimpson’s Director of Communications.

“George is one of the most talented and well-respected journalists in Alabama and the United States. I am thrilled he is joining my team. He is someone who has a reach that extends from Mobile through Montgomery all the way to Washington and beyond. His expertise will help my administration develop a world-class communications office,” said Stimpson in a press release.

A native of Pine Bluff, Ark., Talbot received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Rhodes College. He is married with two children and is an elder, usher and Sunday school teacher in his church.

Stimpson said Talbot would lead in communicating with Mobilians to ensure transparency.

“George understands and believes that in order for Mobile to become the safest, most business and family-friendly city in America — we will need to effectively, transparently and regularly communicate with all of the city’s stakeholders, particularly its citizens.  He will lead this effort for my team,” Stimpson said in a press release.

Talbot said he is ready to join in with Stimpson’s “One Mobile” vision.

“I have long known Sandy Stimpson as a member of the Mobile community. But since the election, I have come to know him as a leader driven to help Mobile realize its full potential,” Talbot said. “I share his vision for the city, and I am excited and proud to join his administration, working on behalf of the people of Mobile.”