Birmingham Leaders Could Name New Mayor This Week

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham could soon have a new mayor.
Tuesday a new City Council takes office and votes on its new
leader. That means Carole Smitherman's tenure as Birmingham's
acting mayor could come to an abrupt halt.

After its swearing in Tuesday, the council's members will elect
a president and, in effect, pick the interim mayor, who may or may
not be Smitherman.

She narrowly won re-election to her council seat and faces
opposition for the council presidency.

One option is keeping Smitherman as president, a job she would
return to if she fails to win in her bid to be elected mayor on
Dec. 8. Another is electing another president.

Information from: The Birmingham News,

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