Randall Woodfin becomes Birmingham's new mayor

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The campaign themes of "putting people first" through "servant leadership" echoed through the inauguration speech of Birmingham's new mayor, Randall Woodfin.

The 36-year-old Woodfin, the city's youngest mayor in the modern era, vowed to tackle crime, work with the city council and improve services for the city during a midday event outside City Hall.

"We will work together to build a stronger city. A safer city. A more just city," Mayor Woodfin said as he asked the City Council to join him at the podium.

Woodfin recognized the work of previous mayors, including William Bell, who he defeated in an October runoff. Former mayor's Richard Arrington and Bernard Kincaid attended the event.

"I acknowledge what I am stepping into. There is so much to learn from these men," Woodfin said.

During comments about his plan to combat crime, Woodfin urged citizens to work with police.

"In better policing our city, it is going to take this entire community to feel empowered where you live to make sure we are protecting our neighbors, "he said. "We have had enough of violence."

A campaign that focused on servant leadership now translates into an administration that vows to improve city services.

"We have to be intentional about improving life for all the people in our city," he said.

The mayor has scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference Wednesday at City Hall to discuss the start of his administration.

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