Jones Saga Ends with MAWSS Appointment

Jones Saga Ends with MAWSS Appointment

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At the urging of Mayor Sandy Stimpson, City Council members Joel Daves and Gina Gregory changed their votes today, putting former Mayor Sam Jones on the water board.

It was a meeting that had council members heeding old school guidance

“As my mother always says, if you can’t say nothing good, don’t say nothing at all,” said C.J. Small.

“I often heard my grandmother say it’s a mighty poor wind that doesn’t change,” said Levon Manzie.

“There’s an adage that a wise man changes his mind often, a fool never,” said Daves.

Daves cited economic development concerns for changing his vote.

“I was afraid that with the ongoing discussion we were having, that that would impact our ability to attract jobs,” said Daves.

Gregory said the issue was not worth a divided and angry city.

She shot back at her detractors.

“Labeling the mayor and those us who are willing to put the city first as cowards who are falling prey to bullying tactics is not true and it’s uncalled for,” said Gregory.

Stimpson asked fro patience from  those who opposed Jones’ nomination.

“Those who feel I caved in, I’m sorry they feel that way but if they’ll just give us a chance to see what we’re going to do moving forward they’ll understand why we did what we did,” said Stimpson.

Those who favored Jones’ nomination in the first two failed attempts, praised Stimpson for ending the deadlock.

“It was a bold and courageous move and the citizens of mobile should be thankful for what he did,” said Manzie.

“I commend him leading us through a storm of criticism that left none of us unaffected,” said Richardson who nominated Jones as his District One representative.

The vote, though, was not unanimous. Bess Rich maintained her stance that Jones was a horrible money manager as mayor and she rejected the notion that her decision is based on race.

“As a female, and member of the Jewish faith, I am very sensitive to this concern,” she said.

 Councilman John Williams has a previous engagement was not present at today’s meeting.

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