About the League

 

 

 

Policy Committees

The League has five standing policy committees comprised of mayors and councilmembers from each congressional district in the state. The committees convene in February/March at League headquarters to hear from state and federal resource advisors and to update their policy statements for the League’s Policies and Goals document. This important document will be used by the Committee on State and Federal Legislation when it meets in December to develop the League’s Legislative Package for the Regular Session.


Committee on Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR)
FAIR Roster 2017 - 2018

FAIR reviews and develops policy on fiscal matters affecting municipalities, including municipal administration, intergovernmental mandates, personnel policies, liability, public records retention/destruction, workers and unemployment compensation and revenues and finance. The Committee also reviews trends relating to consolidation of jurisdictions and potential threats to the integrity of local government.


Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR)
EENR Roster 2017 - 2018

EENR reviews and develops policy on environmental issues, energy initiatives and quality of life considerations, including water and air quality, solid waste, hazardous/toxic wastes and pollution control. The Committee also reviews Alabama trends relating to hazardous and solid waste disposal and air and water pollution as well as garbage disposal methods, regional disposal areas, incineration, land fill and rodent and vector control.


Committee on Transportation, Public Safety and Communication (TPSC)
TPSC Roster 2017 - 2018

TPSC reviews and develops policy on transportation programs and their revenue sources and allocations; public works programs, particularly those related to infrastructure development; public and private utilities, including telecommunications; and public safety issues, including crime prevention, law enforcement, fire prevention and protection, emergency medical services, emergency management and response, motor vehicle safety and animal control.


Committee on Human Development (HD)
HD Roster 2017 - 2018

HD reviews and develops policy on social service and educational issues affecting municipalities. The Committee also reviews ways municipalities may improve the local environment for health care, mental health programs, juvenile and senior citizen programs, developing training and employment opportunities, welfare reform and Medicare and Medicaid programs.


Committee on Community and Economic Development (CED)
CED Roster 2017 - 2018

CED reviews and develops policy on factors affecting the physical development of cities and towns, including community, industrial and economic development; tourism and recreation; housing; planning and zoning; code enforcement; enterprise zone development and regulation; and downtown redevelopment.

 

Jesse Matthews

League Vice President

Jesse Matthews    On May 22, Bessemer Council President Jesse Matthews was elected by his municipal colleagues to serve as Vice President of the Alabama League of Municipalities for 2017-2018. He was elected and took office during the League’s annual convention, which was held in Birmingham May 20-23. 

    League Executive Director Ken Smith looks forward to working with Council President Matthews over the next year. “Jesse has been actively involved with the League for many years,” Smith said. “He has served on a number of League committees, including our Executive Committee, and is the immediate past chair of our Committee on State and Federal Legislation. His municipal knowledge and leadership skills have been an asset to our organization. He will serve us well as Vice President.”

    Council President Matthews is a former board member for the National League of Cities (NLC) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Municipal Workers Compensation Fund, Inc. (MWCF), a program created by the League in 1976. In addition, has completed the League’s Basic, Advanced and Emeritus Certified Municipal Official (CMO) programs. CMO Emeritus is awarded to officials who have acquired a minimum of 120 credit hours of Continuing CMO Education through a series of one-day programs designed especially for mayors and councilmembers who voluntarily wish to receive formal training in municipal government. Emeritus status also requires earning a total of 15 points, which can be achieved by participating on ALM policy committees and attending specific ALM and NLC events. Through these programs, Council President has received formal classroom training in subjects such as council meeting procedures; parliamentary procedure; the Open Meetings Law; public records; ordinance drafting; conflicts of interest; the State Ethics Law; duties of the mayor and council; tort liability; the competitive bid law; zoning and planning; annexation; municipal regulatory powers; municipal revenues and expenditures; personnel actions; and leadership development.  

Policy Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs

Committee on State and Federal Legislation     2017-2018

Chair: Gary Fuller - Mayor, Opelika
Vice Chair: Adam Bourne - Councilmember, Chickasaw


Committee on Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR)    2017 - 2018

Chair: Veronica Hudson - Councilmember, Saraland
Vice Chair: Ruthie Campbell - Councilmember, Robertsdale


Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR)    2017 - 2018

Chair: Leigh Dollar - Mayor, Guntersville
Vice Chair: Lawrence Haygood, Jr. - Mayor, Tuskegee


Committee on Transportation, Public Safety and Communication (TPSC)    2017 - 2018

Chair: Jonathan E. Grecu - Mayor, Ashford
Vice Chair: Jerry Parris - Councilmember, Jacksonville


Committee on Human Development (HD)    2017 - 2018

Chair: Bridgette Jordan-Smith - Councilmember, Vincent
Vice Chair: Jennifer Williams Smith - Councilmember, Jasper


Committee on Community and Economic Development (CED)    2017 - 2018

Chair: Jocelyn Tubbs-Turner - Councilmember, Marion
Vice Chair: Charles Gilchrist - Mayor, Glencoe

Dr. Howard Rubenstein

League President

Mayor Howard Rubenstein 2017

    On May 22, Dr. Howard Rubenstein, Mayor of Saraland, was elected by his municipal colleagues to serve as President of the Alabama League of Municipalities for 2017-2018. He was elected and took office during the League’s annual convention, which was held in Birmingham May 20-23. 

    “Howard has been actively involved with the League for many years,” said League Executive Director Ken Smith. “He has served on numerous League committees, including our Executive Committee, and I have worked closely with him for two decades. His municipal knowledge and leadership skills have been an asset to our organization. Howard will serve us well as President.”

    During his acceptance speech, Mayor Rubenstein thanked his fellow elected officials for the honor to serve as president and emphasized the importance of advocacy on behalf of local government: “This has been a daunting year for state legislative actions that have the potential to greatly harm our municipalities. Unfortunately, Alabama’s cities and towns will continue to face significant challenges throughout the upcoming year. That being said, the League is one of our greatest resources for sharing our stories with our state elected officials and to advocate for our cities and towns – and ultimately for our citizens. State officials need to understand that their actions eroding our authority to govern – or that remove our revenue sources – will have devastating effects on our citizens. For instance, declining state support for mental health has had horrific results for many people and has shifted the burden of caring for these individuals to all our municipalities. Unfunded mandates result in the curtailing of essential programs and services for our residents.”

    Dr. Rubenstein also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Municipal Funding Corporation (AMFund), an entity created by the League in 2006 to assist Alabama’s municipalities with refinancing existing debt and funding local projects and purchases through cost-effective financing. He began his municipal service in 1996 as a Councilmember. Following a 2004 change in the form of government, he was chosen as Saraland’s first Council President and then reelected to that position in 2008. He has served as the City’s liaison to the Saraland Board of Education since its inception. In January 2011, during his fourth term on the Council, Dr. Rubenstein transitioned into the position of Mayor. 

    He has completed the League’s Basic, Advanced and Emeritus Certified Municipal Official (CMO) programs. CMO Emeritus is awarded to officials who have acquired a minimum of 120 credit hours of Continuing CMO Education through a series of one-day programs designed especially for mayors and councilmembers who voluntarily wish to receive formal training in municipal government. Emeritus status also requires earning a total of 15 points, which can be achieved by participating on ALM policy committees and attending specific ALM and National League of Cities (NLC) events. Through these programs, Dr. Rubenstein has received formal classroom training in subjects such as council meeting procedures; parliamentary procedure; the Open Meetings Law; public records; ordinance drafting; conflicts of interest; the State Ethics Law; duties of the mayor and council; tort liability; the competitive bid law; zoning and planning; annexation; municipal regulatory powers; municipal revenues and expenditures; personnel actions; and leadership development.