Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin names new Director of Community Engagement

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- Mayor Randall Woodfin named Brandon Johnson as the city's Director of Community Engagement on Thursday in a release issued by the Mayor's Office. 

Johnson will work as Woodfin's liaison for projects that involve public safety, violence reduction, and police and community engagement, according to the release. 

"I'm excited to bring Brandon on board for this role," Mayor Woodfin said. "He has years of experience in the social justice, public policy and urban planning sectors. His boots have already been on the ground, and we're ready for him to be an advocate for Birmingham's neighborhoods."

The new director is from Chicago but has family in the Birmingham area. Johnson has previously practiced law in Chicago. 

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