MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mayor-elect Sandy Stimpson was on the phone much of the morning Wednesday, returning calls and thanking the people who helped him win Tuesday's election.
"One-hundred forty-four text messages and I've already answered about 30 and there's 138 emails," Stimpson said.
Stimpson said it's been a while since he's spent any time at his office at the family-run Scotch Lumber, where he's executive vice president.
"I've actually been on an unpaid leave of absence for a year, and so they have managed to do well without me in the last year, and so they don't expect me to come back on," Stimpson said.
Before he moves into his new office at Government Plaza, Stimpson has a lot of work to do on his transition plan and he said that's his focus right now.
Stimpson shared some of the names on his transition team.
"Joe Bullard, Davis Pilot, Andy Andrews who doesn't even live in Mobile, but he's a New York Times best selling author. Andy was on the advisory team. We've got several more people that we will add to that because of different experiences that they've had. Probably be maybe Paul Wesch. Paul is on the Citizen's Finance Committee for the city council," he said.
Stimpson, along with his team, will also have to deal with some new appointments within the city, including naming a new police chief. But, Stimpson was reluctant to talk about any specific job appointments.
"At this time I'm not going to say what all those jobs are. I've just got to get into it and identify them, but right now I'm not ready to talk about each individual job," he said.
"We'll make sure that we have a good group of applicants for those positions and we will try to identify who we think are the best qualified. And, even if they don't apply for the jobs we will go after them, because we really want the best and the brightest."
Stimpson also told FOX10 News he expected to talk to all of the city council members before the end of the day Wednesday.
He wants to establish a good relationship with the other city leaders he'll be working with.
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