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Birmingham mayor appoints chief accountability officer for second term

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has appointed veteran city attorney Melissa Smiley as chief accountability officer.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin gave remarks and participated in the Protective Stadium Sign Lighting at Protective Life Stadium Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Birmingham, Ala. Governor's Office/Hal Yeager

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has appointed veteran city attorney Melissa Smiley as chief accountability officer for the city of Birmingham.

As chief accountability officer, Smiley will drive the agenda and values of the Woodfin administration through active monitoring, evaluation and assessment of policies and processes, as well as contracts with service providers to the city.

“I am pleased to announce Melissa Smiley as the city’s first Chief Accountability Officer,” Woodfin said. “This position represents our commitment to the core values of customer service, efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability. In this role, Ms. Smiley will promote a performance culture across the city on my behalf and for the benefit of our residents.”

Smiley will assume her duties on the first day of Woodfin’s second term on Nov. 23, 2021.

“It is an honor to accept the position of Chief Accountability Officer,” Smiley said. “I am excited to serve in a role that allows space for work that segues to a sustainable, proactive municipal culture that improves the quality of service to Birmingham’s residents.”

Smiley currently serves as chief assistant city attorney, where she leads a team in the Transactions Division of the Office of the City Attorney. Smiley has practiced law for more than 20 years as an attorney licensed both in Alabama and Louisiana. Smiley received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Howard University and her law degree from Tulane School of Law. She joined the city of Birmingham in 2008.

Additional announcements concerning Woodfin’s appointments will be announced this week.

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