It's Transition Time for Mayor Bobby Bright

By Eileen Jones - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Changes are coming to Montgomery's city hall. Mayor Bobby Bright is now Congressman-Elect for District 2. The Mayor has a couple of months to resign and then we'll have a special election to fill that vacancy. But until then, the office will be occupied on a temporary basis.

It was nine years ago this month, attorney Bobby Bright became Mayor of this city, and he's won every election since then including the one that's promoted him to congressman.

But, along with this victory come changes. He must resign his top city job before he's sworn-in in Washington and that will occur on January 2nd or 3rd. Jinright says "I think he ought to be the happiest man in the world today."

And, it's he, city council president Charles Jinright, who will move in and take Bright's place until a special election is held. "It's going to be tough. It's going to be real tough because my business demands a lot of my time. As long as I was part time on the city council I could give up a lot of time and I could run both jobs. Mayor's job is a full time job" says Jinright.

Jinright's been on the council for 13 years - long enough he says for a smooth transition. "I'm kind of seasoned I guess."

But, the big question is not about his future plans for the next couple of months but the next few years. "Are you thinking about running for Mayor? I'm thinking about it. It's a huge sacrifice because I still have a full time job here. So, I have to decide if I'm going to quit my job and that's going to be tough."

And, he's not alone. City Council member Glenn Pruitt says he's seriously thinking about running for mayor as well as businessman Scott Simmons, and County Commission Chairman Todd Strange and State Representative John Knight.

Among those who may be thinking about it are: The Mayor's Executive Assistants Michael Briddell and Jeff Downes.

When Jinright becomes acting mayor, the City Council Pro Tem Tracy Larkin will take over as the Council Chairman. Mayor Bright goes to Washington for an orientation on November 17th.