Mayor Stimpson makes two interim changes to senior staff after passing of Paul Wesch

Mobile County

UPDATE (12/31) — With Wesch’s unforeseen death, Mayor Sandy Stimpson has made two interim changes to his senior staff.

The following is an excerpt from the City of Mobile’s press release:

Wesch served two important roles, and in order to maintain continuity of operations, James Barber has been tapped to serve as Mayor Stimpson’s interim Chief of Staff. Barber will also continue to serve in his current role as Executive Director of Public Safety. Deputy Finance Director Celia Sapp will now serve as interim Executive Director of Finance. 

While we are still mourning the tragic loss of our friend and colleague Paul Wesch, I have the utmost confidence in James Barber and Celia Sapp,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “Both have been dedicated City employees for years and both worked closely with Mr. Wesch during his seven years of service to the citizens of Mobile.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson

UPDATE (12/28) — Alabama Law Enforcement Agency troopers report Paul Wesch died in a car accident on Bellingrath Road Sunday.

The following is a press release from ALEA:

“A single-vehicle crash at approximately 1:12 p.m. yesterday, Dec. 27, has claimed the life of a Theodore man.  Paul Charles Wesch, 66, was killed when the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe he was driving left the roadway, overturned and struck a tree.  Wesch was pronounced deceased on scene. The crash occurred on Bellingrath Road, seven miles south of Theodore.  Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.”

UPDATE (8:48 PM) — The Mobile City Council also had words to share regarding the recent passing of Paul Wesch.

Together we join the Mayor, his executive staff and all our City employees in mourning the loss of Paul Wesch.

Paul has been an invaluable part of the City’s team as Executive Director of Finance and Acting Chief of Staff, as well as a dear friend to us all. He will be incredibly missed. Our hearts and prayers are with his wife, children, family and friends.

Mobile City Council

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mayor Sandy Stimpson has announced the passing of the City of Mobile’s Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Finance, Paul Wesch.

He shared the following:

It is with heavy hearts we are mourning the tragic loss of acting Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Finance, Paul Wesch. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Linda, their children and all of those who had the privilege of knowing Paul.

Paul was highly respected and loved by our entire team. He was one of my very first administrative appointees, and in his seven years of service to our City, his depth of knowledge and experience have made an immeasurable and lasting impact. I had the utmost confidence and trust in Paul, as did our entire administrative team. He is irreplaceable and we will miss him dearly.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson


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