As part of the Birmingham City Commission's annual reshuffling of leadership roles, City Commissioner George Dilgard was elected the city's newest mayor by his fellow commissioners.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Scott Moore was named Birmingham's mayor pro tem. Both men were unanimously elected and will serve in these roles until through November 2013.
"It will be a privilege to serve as your mayor and together we'll make Birmingham an even better place," said Dilgard, a 34-year resident of Birmingham who earned his second term on the city commission during the November 2011 election.
Dilgard served as mayor pro tem under Mark Nickita, who served as mayor from 2011-12. Birmingham commissioners elect a new mayor and mayor pro tem each fall.
Commissioner Rackeline Hoff noted Dilgard's particular focus on neighborhood issues, environmental preservation, technlogy and light and noise issues.
"George is a businessman, he's a family man and a dedicated Birmingham resident," Hoff said of Dilgard, who was first elected to the city commission in 2007 and has served on the Planning Board, Board of Zoning Appeals and the Shain Park Parking Study Group.
Joining Dilgard at the helm of the city commission is Moore, one of the most experienced members of the Birmingham City Commission. First elected to city commission in 1995, Moore served through 1999 and then from 2003 to the present. Moore has served as mayor in 1999 and 2006.
"I want to serve Birmingham as it continues down its path to be a vibrant, 21st century city for all ages," Moore said. "I also want to assist George Dilgard ... and make this year one that for the rest of your life, you can feel proud of."
Nickita made sure to thank his fellow commissioners for the successful year he's overseen the city commission, making a note of the way Birmingham has emerged from the recession still relativley strong.
"Our community has addressed some very serious issues," Nickita said. "These have been unprecedented challenges for many of us. (But) we have maintained our services while being efficient with our tax dollars."