BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — 11/29 UPDATE: Police Chief A.C. Roper confirms that he will not be seeking reappointment to his position.
He released the following statement:
“Several weeks ago, all department heads were given a choice to apply for reappointment to their positions. However, after a considerable amount of prayer, my family and I decided I would not submit a resume for consideration. I advised Mayor Woodfin on November 8th that this is perfect timing since November 26th would be my 10 year anniversary. Serving as Chief of Police in the amazing city of my birth has been the privilege of a lifetime. My family and I are extremely proud of and grateful to the officers, professional staff members, citizens and partner agencies who have supported me through my tenure.”
Roper says he will assist Mayor Randall Woodfin in the search for a new Police Chief.
“We are extremely grateful to the lifetime of service Chief Roper has given to our nation and city,” Woodfin said. “And we appreciate his support and counsel during this transition process.”
Woodfin held his first press conference as Mayor of Birmingham Wednesday. Watch in full below:
Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper is not seeking to be reappointed to his post as Randall Woodfin enters office, sources tell CBS42 News.
Woodfin asked all department heads to reapply for their positions, and sources near Roper tell CBS42 News that he has chosen to refrain from submitting a new resume for his old position.
Sgt Shelton with Birmingham Police has stated that a statement on the matter “should be forthcoming within the next few days.”
Mayor Woodfin told CBS42 News that Chief Roper is out of town and that when he hears from Roper, he will report back with more information.
Woodfin’s Senior Adviser and Chief Strategist, Ed Fields, has promised to address “personnel issues” at a 1:30 p.m. press conference on Wednesday.
CBS42 will bring you more information as it becomes available.