MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Mayor Sam Jones was back at work Wednesday, August 28 at the city council meeting.
The mayor addressed the city council as usual.
After the meeting, he and his chief of staff, who's stepping down, talked about what's ahead in the mayor's last days in office.
COMPLIMENTS CLERK'S OFFICE
Mayor Jones addressed the city council briefly, not specifically mentioning the election results.
He told the council, "Let me just re-iterate my appreciation for the fine job the clerk's office did yesterday. With all the things they were doing in the election center, I think they did a great job."
Later, he answered questions from reporters.
FOX10 News asked: Has he heard from Mayor-Elect Sandy Stimpson about transition teams meeting?
Mayor Jones said, "I don't see that being an issue, but, we haven't discussed that."
The mayor did say he would like to meet with Stimpson to talk about Airbus and economic development prospects.
He said, "I think we need to sit down and meet so we can talk about some of the things that I've been involved in some of the things that he probably doesn't know about that are in the works right now."
CHIEF OF STAFF STEPPING DOWN
Mayor Jones Chief of Staff Al Stokes announced Wednesday morning he's stepping down before Stimpson takes office.
But, he shed some light about how transition teams work.
Stokes said, "We have files that we make available to them. We would make information and staff available to sit and talk to him keeping in mind for the next month we've got a budget to bring to some point of conclusion."
THE BUDGET AND THE CITY COUNCIL
The city council has to vote on the budget by the end of September.
The chairman of the Council Finance Committee is William Carroll, who didn't seek re-election.
Carroll said he's prepared to move forward passing the budget, but said, "I would think that other council members that are positioning themselves in positions of leadership are already making calls to the incoming mayor on positions of finance and budget."
Sandy Stimpson will take office November 4.
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