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Policy Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs

Committee on State and Federal Legislation     2018 - 2019

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


Committee on Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR)    2018 - 2019

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


Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR)    2018 - 2019

Chair: Lawrence Haygood, Mayor, Tuskegee
Vice Chair: Johnny Smith, Mayor, Jacksonville


Committee on Transportation, Public Safety and Communication (TPSC)    2018 - 2019

Chair: Jerry Parris, Councilmember, Jacksonville
Vice Chair: Fred Barton, Councilmember, Brewton


Committee on Human Development (HD)    2018 - 2019

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


Committee on Community and Economic Development (CED)    2018 - 2019

Chair: Charles Gilchrist, Mayor, Glencoe
Vice Chair: Leigh Dollar, Mayor, Guntersville       

Ronnie Marks

League Vice President

Mayor Ronnie Marks ALM VP

    On May 21, Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks was elected by his municipal colleagues to serve as Vice President of the Alabama League of Municipalities for 2018-2019. He was elected and took office during the League’s annual convention, which was held in Montgomery May 19-22. 

    League Executive Director Ken Smith looks forward to working with Mayor Marks over the next year. “Ronnie 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 his municipal knowledge and leadership skills have been an asset to our organization. He will serve us well as Vice President.” Mayor Marks also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation (AMIC), a mutual insurance company created by the League in 1989 to provide Alabama’s municipalities with liability insurance.

    Mayor Marks began his municipal service in 2004 as a councilmember and assumed the position of mayor in 2010 when the former mayor won a seat in the Alabama Legislature. He was elected to his first full term in 2012. He has completed the League’s Basic and Advanced Certified Municipal Official (CMO) programs and is currently working on his CMO Emeritus designation, which 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, Mayor Marks 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 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 2018 - 2019

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 2018 - 2019

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 2018 - 2019

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 2018 - 2019

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 2018 - 2019

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 President

Jesse Matthews

    On May 21, Bessemer Council President Jesse Matthews was elected by his municipal colleagues to serve as President of the Alabama League of Municipalities for 2018-2019. He was elected and took office during the League’s annual convention, which was held in Montgomery May 19-22. 

    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 a past chair of our Committee on State and Federal Legislation. He has also been very active with the National League of Cities, serving on its Board of Directors as well as several policy committees. His municipal knowledge and leadership skills have been an asset to our organization. He will serve us well as President.”

    During his acceptance speech, Council President Matthews thanked his municipal colleagues for the honor to serve as president and emphasized the importance of unity: “We must not be negatively affected by politics or personal opinions. Instead, our goal should always be to stay focused, work together and maintain open lines of communication while developing effective policies that address municipal needs. We should always work together as a team. It is only through our joint efforts that we can promote the noble goals of this organization. The League’s importance can never be understated. We must have the clarity of vision to separate the essential from the desirable and the courage to attack those challenges necessary to move our cities forward.”

    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, Councilmember Matthews 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.