MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The waves are no doubt churning at Government Plaza, hot on the heels of a big mayoral win for Sandy Stimpson.
As Mobile Mayor Sam Jones prepares to vacate the office he has held for two terms, Police Chief Micheal T. Williams, City Finance Director Barbara Malkove and Chief of Staff Al Stokes said they all plan to retire.
“I have looked at the options. I did not plan to be doing that today,” said Stokes. “It certainly has been a part of my family discussions somewhere between now and the next three years.”
Stokes has been in office almost 20 years and said he is looking at several other opportunities.
Many, however, wonder if mayoral employees, like Chief Williams, planned to retire before the election.
“That's a question for the chief,” said Mayor Jones. “I couldn't tell you that.”
Employees, like public works director John Bell and Fire Chief Stephen Dean, are working ‘business as usual’.
Bell had ‘no comment’ although city sources said he intends to stay. Meanwhile, Chief Dean has no plans to leave his job.
“I've been here a long time, and I plan on being here a lot longer,” said Dean. “I love what I do, and I think I do a good job at it.”
Now begins a very important transition progress, with Stimpson taking control.
Mayor Jones and his staff said they plan to work with Stimpson to make the transition as smooth as possible.
“For the next month, we've still got a budget to bring to some sort of conclusion. If that's something that they want to engage the staff - then we’re going to do that. But the transition process really begins with them,” Stokes said.
Malkove would not say when she expects to retire. However, Stokes and Williams are stepping down before Stimpson takes office November 4.
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