E-Mail Response From Mobile Mayor Drawing Attention

E-Mail Response From Mobile Mayor Drawing Attention

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Here's the original e-mail exchange: 

Dear Mayor;

Will you call for an independent audit of crime reports?

Please do this for the sake of transparency and accountability as our Mayor!


A Concerned Citizen of Mobile;

Jim Mather


At the bottom he also included this news release from mayoral candidate Sandy Stimpson calling for the same thing:



Mobile, Alabama – Sandy Stimpson, candidate for Mayor, released the following statement regarding doubts raised about the reporting of crime statistics in the City of Mobile:

"Based on Sunday's article in the Mobile Press Register, serious allegations have surfaced that involve the manipulation of crime statistics in the City of Mobile. This practice is terribly unfair to our men and women in uniform and to the citizens of Mobile.

The citizens of Mobile need to know who has condoned the practice of manipulating these important statistics - which are reported to the FBI - and why.  Based on statistics, Mayor Jones has said he is ‘perfectly comfortable with where crime is in Mobile.'

A large majority of Mobilians are not comfortable with crime in our city and deserve for there to be an expedited independent audit of the crime numbers and the procedures producing them. Only Mayor Jones can call for this audit.

It is imperative our citizens trust Mobile's leadership for an accurate portrayal of safety in our city.

As mayor, I will ensure complete transparency and accurate reporting of the city's crime. Reporting inaccurate data for the sake of ambition or political gain cannot be tolerated."



Here's how Mobile's Mayor responded to the above e-mail:

I will not respond to some desperate attempt to use political tactics to overshadow a clear violation of departmental rules and ethics.Find some other way to wage your political campaign.

He might try hiring more blues singers and fish plates.Being truthful might also be a welcomed Approach.The police department is certainly capable of conducting a accurate audit of it's accountability system.What is unfair to our men and women in uniform is for  some desperate political candidate to suggest that they cannot conduct a unbiased audit.Thanks Mr.Mather but our department can handle this matter without politics.



Mather is an unpaid supporter of mayoral candidate Sandy Stimpson.  He has written critical e-mails to Sam Jones in the past and received terse responses to some of those as well.

"In the last few years I've had interchanges with the mayor in e-mail and it's always been very similar, very sarcastic, derogatory and beneath the dignity of the mayor in my opinion," says Jim Mather. 

The mayor says he doesn't consider Mather an average citizen.  Mather doesn't hold political office but he had asked the attorney general to investigate the mayor's campaign spending. The Sam Jones says he was reacting to the Sandy Stimpson news release at the bottom of Mather's e-mail calling for the audit

"The teeth of the matter was a flyer from this candidate and he obviously wanted me to respond to the flyer which I did," says Jones. 

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