Mobile City Council plans off-site meeting

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Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson is expected to withdraw his recommendation of Randy Smith as Mobile Fire Chief from Tuesday night’s city council agenda.

The recommendation is expected to come up again in the future.

But, the president of the council said Mayor Stimpson should be able to appoint his team.

SMITH PICKED IN OCTOBER

It was back in October of last year that then Mayor-Elect Sandy Stimpson announced he wanted Randy Smith as the new chief of Mobile Fire-Rescue.

At the time, Smith addressed fellow firefighters and said, “You have my commitment to lead you in a fair and honest way, to fight every day for the resources you need to do your job.”

Stimpson appointed Smith interim fire chief, but his nomination as permanent chief has never officially come before the city council, after some council members expressed concerns about the appointment.

City Council President Gina Gregory said mayors traditionally are able to appoint their team.

Gregory said, “It happened under Mayor (Arthur) Outlaw, Mayor (Mike) Dow, and Mayor (Sam) Jones, and, this mayor, in my opinion, should have the same respect, and we should show him the same deference as other mayors have been shown in the past to hire their own people.”

MEETING WAY FROM GOVERNMENT PLAZA

Tuesday night’s meeting is being conducted away from Government Plaza at a meeting room in the Mobile Museum of Art at 6 pm.

Gregory said the purpose is to bring city government to the people, and Gregory said, “to make it easy for people to participate in city government.  Most people work during the daytime, which is when we have our city council meetings, and they can’t come to the city council meeting, so, twice this year, we will take our meetings off site, to places within districts.”

FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION

Also Tuesday night, the Mobile Museum of Art is having free admission beginning an hour before the council meeting to promote its exhibits.

The Museum’s Curator of Education, Howard McPhail, said, “All of our galleries will be open.  We have our master work, the Beaverbrook Collection, upstairs  We have our permanent collection, our newly re-installed African and Asian Gallery, our Cochran Gallery, our new European Gallery, so we have a number of exhibits that they can walk around and view.”

The museum will be open after the council meeting until 9pm.

The Mobile Museum or Artalso has free admission on Thursday all day from 10 am to 9 pm.

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