Walter Maddox (born December 27, 1972) is an American politician who has served as the 36th Mayor of Tuscaloosa, Alabama since 2005. From 2001 to 2005, he served on the Tuscaloosa City Council and served as Executive Director of Personnel for Tuscaloosa City Schools. Maddox was a Field Director for the Alabama Education Association from 1996 to 2001.
1 Early life and career,
2 Mayor of Tuscaloosa,
3 2011 Tuscaloosa tornado,
5 External links,
Early life and career:
Maddox was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, attended the Tuscaloosa City Schools, and graduated from Central High School in 1991. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he received a bachelor's degree in political science and a Master's in Public Administration.
From 1996 to 2001, Maddox served as a Field Director for the Alabama Education Association. In 2001, Maddox was appointed Executive Director of Personnel for Tuscaloosa City Schools, serving until his election as Mayor. On August 28, 2001, Maddox was elected to the Tuscaloosa City Council, defeating incumbent Clell Hobson, 61% to 39%. Maddox ran on a platform of education reform and crime reduction.
Mayor of Tuscaloosa:
In 2005, longtime Tuscaloosa mayor Al DuPont retired. Maddox was an underdog against former city councilman Sammy Watson. Maddox came in second place in the initial round of voting, receiving 31.1% to Watson's 38%. This forced a runoff on September 13, which Maddox won with 54% of the vote to Watson's 46%. Maddox was inaugurated on October 3, in front of Tuscaloosa City Hall.
On August 25, 2009, Maddox was re-elected without opposition.
On August 27, 2013, Maddox was re-elected to a third term, once again without opposition.
2011 Tuscaloosa tornado:
For more details on this topic, see 2011 Tuscaloosa - Birmingham tornado.
On April 27, 2011, a large tornado struck Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, killing 53 people in Tuscaloosa and inflicting $100 million in damage. Two days later, Maddox toured the tornado damage with public officials including President Barack Obama and Governor Robert Bentley.
Maddox's response to the tornado was highly praised; The New York Times stated that Maddox "emerged as an efficient, earnest, unwavering hero of the storm," and American City & County magazine named Maddox its 2012 Municipal Leader of the Year.