During Tuesday’s Tuscaloosa City Council Work Session, the council discussed its future.

The main topic? The new city council president, as three candidates vied for the job.

District 7 Tuscaloosa City Councilwoman Sonya Mckinstry, who’s going into her second term, said she believes the council should be diverse.

With the City Of Tuscaloosa electing a white Mayor, Walt Maddox, she said the council president should be black.

The position is currently held by outgoing District 2 City Councilman Harrison Taylor.

Taylor was unseated by newcomer Raevan Howard after he served 24 years on the Tuscaloosa City Council.

District 5 City Councilman Kip Tyner, who’s serving his sixth term, told the Council no one has had more adversities than he.

Tyner said he believes his length of experience on the council should mean something.

District 3 Councilwoman Cynthia Almond who’s serving her third term, got the four votes needed to become the first female city council president.

“I’m honored to be chosen to serve as council president for this next term,” she said. “I am just looking forward to working with all of the council members.”

The council also discussed adopting an ordinance that would have Tuscaloosa voters deciding the council president.

“It’s a big job and somebody suggested we might should run for this position citywide, and it’s something we can consider going forward” says Almond.

The council will vote to make the changes official after the mayor and council are sworn in May.


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