March 15, 2018 — Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin is slated to present his transition team’s reports this evening at the Alabama Theatre during an event commemorating his first 100 days in office.
Woodfin’s transition team is led by former Birmingham-Southern College President Charles Krulak and former Alabama Power executive Bobbie Knight. It consists of five citizen-led committees focusing on various priorities in Woodfin’s administration: neighborhood revitalization and public safety, education and workforce development, transparency and efficient government, entrepreneurship and economic development, and social justice.
In the weeks following Woodfin’s inauguration, the committees held public meetings to gauge citizens’ concerns, the results of which were published on Woodfin’s campaign website. Reports from follow-up meetings among city officials and transition teams will be the focus of Thursday evening’s event.
The event marks Woodfin’s first 100 days as mayor. During his campaign, he invoked that time period repeatedly, even writing a guest column for AL.com in September headlined “My First 100 Days.” Then-candidate Woodfin established three main goals for that period: to conduct a full audit of city expenditures, to increase transparency on city spending, and to eliminate nepotism at City Hall.
Since that column was published, Woodfin has walked back on his campaign promise for a forensic audit, which would focus on finances, in favor of a performance audit, which would examine whether city departments are being staffed efficiently. Woodfin said he changed his tactics after he was elected and started to examine city finances.
“Looking at those numbers, at the audit that’s been done every year, accounting measures are in place,” Woodfin told BirminghamWatch shortly before his inauguration. “What’s not in place is the performance.” In that regard, Woodfin has made some of his administration’s biggest changes, dropping the number of mayoral appointees by nearly half. But specific results of any audit done by Woodfin’s administration have not yet been made public.
How Woodfin feels about his administration’s accomplishments regarding transparency and nepotism will likely be a topic of discussion during Thursday night’s presentation.
“The First One Hundred” event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Alabama Theatre. Entrance is free, but the public is encouraged to RSVP through the city’s website.