New leadership taking office in AL cities

ALABAMA (WIAT) — New leadership will be taking office on Monday in multiple cities across our area.

In Hoover, Mayor Elect Frank Brocato will be sworn into office. He’s best known for his decades of service as the former Fire Marshall in the city. In Brighton, Brandon Dean is not only the city’s youngest elected mayor, but also the youngest in the state.

Dean’s inheriting a long to-do list of how to turn the cash-strapped city around. Just this past week, we heard about the former mayor cutting the city’s police department in half.

Dean said, “because those officers were not given due process, I am very interested in giving them their jobs back when I take office. This does create a window for us to go in and begin an immediate assessment of what is right and wrong with our law enforcement, so that we can begin to make the cuts where they’re necessary, make promotions where they are necessary and make changes that will benefit the community.”

Dean says he questions whether or not old leadership even followed a budget. He says he’s requested copies of the payroll and budget with no success.

In Hoover, new Mayor Frank Brocato says education funding was his top priority during his campaign and will be one of the first things to be addressed in office.

“You know we’ve made a commitment to our school system to improve the funding, so that will be a part of the budget process as well,” Brocato said. “So we’ve made a commitment to increase the funding so we will do that in the first 30 days,” he said.

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