Bessemer welcomes newly-elected city leaders

BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) - The city of Bessemer officially welcomes a new mayor and city council this week. On Monday, the city swore in five new faces on the council and the mayor. Of the four incumbents who ran, only two were re-elected.

Ken Gulley won the mayor's race in a landslide over incumbent Ed May. Voters say they hope the city can now reach its potential in  economic development, roads, and provide better services for seniors and young people.

"I think that hard working people and business deserve to know how their tax dollars are  being spent," said Gulley. "I think that first order of business is to get in, find out as to what kind of financial condition this city is in, move from there. Some decisions are going to have to be made. We know some hard decisions are going to have to be made but we look forward to getting in there and seeing how financially sound this city is."

Mayor Gulley also say he plans to take a close look at all the city employees to make sure their positions are not created because of political favors.

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