Bill Lanford, Tuscaloosa’s first city council president, dies at 84

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(Tuscaloosa Area Virtual Museum)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Bill Lanford, Tuscaloosa’s first city council president died Wednesday, he was 84 years old.

Lanford was elected president from 1985-1993. The Gadsden native was inducted into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame in 2004.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox released a statement following Lanford’s death.

Lanford attended the University of Alabama and also served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps before settling in Tuscaloosa.

“Councilor Lanford was a dedicated public servant who ensured our government was effective and transparent to the community. His leadership during a time of change for the City of Tuscaloosa laid the foundation for how we run the city to this day. I will miss our conversations and his wise counsel.”

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox


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