The old mayor's office doesn't get many visitors anymore. While the city's web site still lists Stan Wright as mayor this room says otherwise. The bayou city council has been locked in disagreement over who should replace him. Council member Jennifer stork says she'd like the governor to appoint someone ASAP.
"Move things forward faster and make it happen a little bit easier takes the pressure off of making another election with the money situation because it costs a lot to do an election," says Council Member Jennifer Stork. Unlike most city elections, this one would be run by the Mobile County Probate Court's office. Judge Don Davis didn't have a guess as to the price on a special election. Governor Bentley has 30 days to appoint someone from May 1st. If we get to June first without a pick a special election will be held. The election probably won't take place for several weeks after the June deadline. Mayor pro-tem Ida Mae Coleman says she plans on running if there is a vote.
"Because a lot of issues have to come out and I think it needs to go to election that way we have time to address a lot of issues," says Ida Mae Coleman. In the meantime Coleman represents Bayou La Batre in meetings to decide what to do with Restore Act money. As mayor pro-tem the governor's office says she has voting power.