Birmingham City Council President Maxine Parker, who had represented District 4, died this afternoon.
Mayor William Bell issued the following statement: “Councilor Maxine Herring Parker will be remembered as a strong advocate for her district. She worked tirelessly and faithfully for the people of District 4. I was with her family at the time of her passing and I want them to know that the City of Birmingham is with them as they grieve the loss of such an outstanding mother, Councilor and friend. This is a sad day for our City.” The mayor ordered the city’s flags to be flown at half-staff in her honor.
The city council issued a release citing Parker’s years of service to her district. “Councilwoman Parker served on the council for over eight years and was recently elected Council President by her colleagues a few weeks ago, after being elected by voters to her third term of office. She is a former neighborhood leader and long-time assistant to the president at Talladega College. She retired after more than 40 years of service.”
Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson will preside over council meetings until a new council president is elected.
The council will appoint a replacement to fill Parker’s district 4 seat.
Parker, known for being a soft-spoken woman – but one with a reputation for being tough in fighting for her district — served in several capacities on the city council over the years, including chair of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Committee, and as a member of both the Finance and Budget Committee and the Utilities Committee. She was credited on the council site for securing funding from state, federal and city sources to remove barriers in Collegeville, which is crisscrossed by railroad tracks.
Parker worked for 41 years as executive assistant to the president of Talladega College. Her time there spanned the terms of six presidents.
Arrangements for her services had not been made at the time of this writing.