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Dothan, Fairhope mayors elected Alabama League of Municipalities president, vice president

On Friday, the Alabama League of Municipalities (ALM) elected Mark Saliba, the mayor of Dothan, as the ALM’s new president and Sherry Sullivan, the mayor of Fairhope, as its new vice president.

Vice President Sullivan is in her first term as mayor of Fairhope. Prior to running for mayor, she worked for the city of Fairhope for almost 17 years and also worked for Riviera Utilities as director of governmental affairs and economic development. Mayor Sullivan has served as a member of the League’s Board of Directors for the First Congressional District.

President Saliba has previously served as the League’s vice president from 2023-2024, chair of the League’s Committee on State and Federal Legislation from 2022-2023 and represented the second congressional district on the League’s Board of Directors. Saliba was first elected mayor of Dothan in 2017 and was reelected in 2021. He is also president of the Alfred Saliba Corporation, his family’s home building business.

“I am honored to serve as the next president of the Alabama League of Municipalities, and I am eager to continue sharing the importance of municipal government with our members and the public,” President/Mayor Saliba said. “Being a member of ALM is like having an extra department to help you run your cities and towns. From legislative advocacy to municipal training and a variety of member programs, the services and activities they provide are impossible to accomplish alone.”

Sherry Sullivan served on the group’s Committee on State and Federal Legislation and on the organization’s Alabama Municipal Funding Corporation’s Board of Directors.

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Vice President Sullivan is in her first term as mayor of Fairhope. Prior to running for mayor, she worked for the city of Fairhope for almost 17 years and also worked for Riviera Utilities as director of governmental affairs and economic development. Mayor Sullivan has served as a member of the League’s Board of Directors for the First Congressional District.

“I am sincerely humbled to represent the League’s membership as vice president as we work to make our communities more attractive places to recruit businesses, raise families and create recreational and work opportunities,” Vice President Sullivan said. “I look forward to working with President Saliba and my fellow local officials to make all of our communities better for the great citizens of Alabama.”

The group met during the League’s 2024 Convention and Expo on Friday at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville – the largest city in Alabama. Over 700 municipal officials from around the state attended this three-day convention to discuss legislative issues, hear from state leaders, share resources and conduct official business.

The president and vice president will serve in these capacities for one year and will represent the organization’s more than 450 member cities and towns at meetings and events that aim to give municipalities a voice on local, state and federal levels.

Greg Cochran is the executive director of the League.

“We are excited to have Mayor Saliba and Mayor Sullivan represent our organization as president and vice president during the 2024-2025 year,” Greg Cochran, executive director of the League, said. “Both of their communities, Dothan and Fairhope, are seeing tremendous growth and projects coming to their areas of the state thanks to their impeccable leadership. We look forward to seeing them bring their unique skill sets to our membership as they lead us into our 90th year of service as the voice of Alabama’s municipalities.”

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