Walter Maddox

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Walter Maddox
Walter Maddox May 2011.jpg
Maddox in May 2011
36th Mayor of Tuscaloosa
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 3, 2005
Preceded byAl DuPont
Member of the Tuscaloosa City Council from the 6th district
In office
October 2001 – September 2005
Preceded byClell Hobson
Succeeded byBob Lundell
Personal details
Born(1972-12-27) December 27, 1972 (age 41)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Spouse(s)Stephanie Roberts
ResidenceTuscaloosa, Alabama
Alma materUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (B.A., M.P.A.)
ReligionMethodist
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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Walter Maddox
Walter Maddox May 2011.jpg
Maddox in May 2011
36th Mayor of Tuscaloosa
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 3, 2005
Preceded byAl DuPont
Member of the Tuscaloosa City Council from the 6th district
In office
October 2001 – September 2005
Preceded byClell Hobson
Succeeded byBob Lundell
Personal details
Born(1972-12-27) December 27, 1972 (age 41)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Spouse(s)Stephanie Roberts
ResidenceTuscaloosa, Alabama
Alma materUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (B.A., M.P.A.)
ReligionMethodist
WebsiteOfficial website

Walter Maddox (born December 27, 1972) is an American politician who has served as the 36th Mayor of Tuscaloosa, Alabama since 2005. From 2001 to 2005, he served on the Tuscaloosa City Council and served as Executive Director of Personnel for Tuscaloosa City Schools. Maddox was a Field Director for the Alabama Education Association from 1996 to 2001.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Maddox was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, attended the Tuscaloosa City Schools, and graduated from Central High School in 1991.[1] He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he received a bachelor's degree in political science and a Master's in Public Administration.

From 1996 to 2001, Maddox served as a Field Director for the Alabama Education Association. In 2001, Maddox was appointed Executive Director of Personnel for Tuscaloosa City Schools, serving until his election as Mayor.[1][2] On August 28, 2001, Maddox was elected to the Tuscaloosa City Council, defeating incumbent Clell Hobson, 61% to 39%. Maddox ran on a platform of education reform and crime reduction.[3]

Mayor of Tuscaloosa[edit]

In 2005, longtime Tuscaloosa mayor Al DuPont retired. Maddox was an underdog against former city councilman Sammy Watson. Maddox came in second place in the initial round of voting, receiving 31.1% to Watson's 38%.[4] This forced a runoff on September 13, which Maddox won with 54% of the vote to Watson's 46%.[5] Maddox was inaugurated on October 3, in front of Tuscaloosa City Hall.[6]

On August 25, 2009, Maddox was re-elected without opposition.[7]

On November 4, 2013, Walter Maddox was sworn in for his third term as Tuscaloosa’s 36th Mayor. Since his first inauguration, he has led initiatives to increase economic development, improve customer service with the implementation of Tuscaloosa 311 and provide quality pre-k education for academically at-risk four-year old children.

2011 Tuscaloosa tornado[edit]

On April 27, 2011, a large tornado struck Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, killing 53 people in Tuscaloosa and inflicting $100 million in damage.[8] Two days later, Maddox toured the tornado damage with public officials including President Barack Obama and Governor Robert Bentley.[9]

Mayor Maddox has been nationally recognized for his crisis management following the EF-4 tornado that destroyed 12 percent of the City and severely damaged or destroyed 5,300 homes and businesses. Mayor Maddox is currently serving as a fellow with the Program on Crisis Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2012, Mayor Maddox was named Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County (the publication for state and local governments) for his strong, decisive and comforting leadership.


His response to the tornado was highly praised; The New York Times stated that Maddox "emerged as an efficient, earnest, unwavering hero of the storm," and American City & County magazine named Maddox its 2012 Municipal Leader of the Year.[10][11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About Mayor Maddox". waltmaddox. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Maddox is new Mayor". The Tuscaloosa News. 12 September 2005. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Bowen, Kevin. "Maddox unseats Hobson on City Council". tuscaloosanews.com. TuscaloosaNews.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Stevenson, Tommy. "Watson, Maddox trade barbs". tuscaloosanews.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tuscaloosa, AL Mayor - Runoff". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Stephanie (4 October 2005). "Passing the Torch in Tuscaloosa". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tuscaloosa, AL Mayor". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Dean, Charles J. "April 27, 2011 tornadoes: Mayor Maddox is Tuscaloosa's eye in the storm". blog.al.com. Alabama Live LLC. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Pasztor, Andy. "Obama Keeps Recalling Images of Tuscaloosa". blogs.wsj.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Severson, Kim; Brown, Robbie. "Mayor’s World Remade in an Instant". nytimes.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tuscaloosa Mayor Says Faith Helped After Tornado". npr.org. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Barkin, Robert. "2012 Municipal Leader of the Year: Building a championship team". americancityandcounty.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Al DuPont
Mayor of Tuscaloosa
2005–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Clell Hobson
Member of the Tuscaloosa City Council for the 6th District
2001–2005
Succeeded by
Bob Lundell