MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Mayor-elect Sandy Stimpson has named the two co-chairs for his transition team.
Stimpson had lunch with Mayor Sam Jones Thursday, August 29. Before that, both talked with reporters about subjects like cruise ships and economic development.
INVITATION FROM MAYOR JONES
Mayor Jones said he invited Stimpson to lunch to talk.
It was set up to be more of an informal discussion, giving some advice and an exchange of ideas.
Stimpson said, "The sharing of information is going to be crucial, and so I didn't come here with a specific list of questions. I think that we'll eat lunch, and we'll talk a little bit about the campaign. And we'll move past that, and then talk about the issues in the city and what, hopefully, the mayor will share with me these challenges that he sees I'll have."
Jones said, "Once you all get the gist of what the limitations are, and what resources we have available and how you have to approach it bases on state law and the personnel system, and all those thing go into what you have to do; it’s not as easy as just making a decision."
TWO BUSINESSMEN GET NOD
Stimpson said the two co-chairs for his transition team are Michael Pierce and Joe Bullard.
When asked what they bring to the table, Stimpson said, "Just a wealth of knowledge. A lot of contacts in the community, and so they're both business guys, but they've got vast experience."
Stimpson said he'd like to have the rest of his transition team named by the middle of next week.
PUSHING FOR A CRUISE SHIP
Mayor Jones was asked about the latest developments in getting another cruise ship.
He said, after talking with a number of cruise line companies, one got back in touch with him.
The mayor said, "We've submitted some, and we have not received a response from them yet. We actually submitted it to several companies, but one specific one asked for particular information."
The mayor wouldn't name the cruise line, but administration officials said it was a large company.
FUTURE OF SAFETY CHECKPOINTS?
Stimpson was asked about safety checkpoints.
He said he wants to meet with his assistant police chiefs to get their feedback and make a decision, but, Stimpson said, "During the campaign, I said that I did not think that was a solution to part of our challenges in public safety. And that's a position that I have. And so unless I'm convinced otherwise by those that are on the ground, then that's where I stand."
Mayor Jones gave an update on work being done at the Airbus site.
He said, "I talked to the executive director of the (Mobile) Airport Authority last week, and they're perfectly on schedule. Right now, they're doing well, with all the rain we had, and they're trying to do drainage. That's really a feat."
LEARNING SOMETHING NEW
Finally, Stimpson was asked if there was one thing he didn't know before being elected mayor that he knows now.
He said, "That maybe being a mayor 20 years ago, before you had text messaging and cell phones, it possibly would have been easier."
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