Alabama mayor named 2012 Municipal Leader of the Year
Though it’s almost a year and a half since a tornado ripped through her home in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Virginia Johnson still becomes emotional when she recalls her despair at the enormous damage to her neighborhood and her appreciation for the leadership of Mayor Walter Maddox, who spearheaded the city’s response to one of the nation’s worst natural disasters.
With one-third of her home in shambles and massive debris all around, she says she wondered how her neighborhood would ever recover from the massive storm. Yet, almost immediately, the city began organizing resources to clean up and then rebuild, and she attributes its effort to the foresight and energy of Mayor Maddox.
For his leadership before, during and since the natural disaster and his vision to make Tuscaloosa a model New South city, American City and County magazine has chosen Mayor Walter Maddox its Municipal Leader of the Year.
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