Steven L. Reed became the 57th mayor of the city of Montgomery on November 12, 2019.
In his first eight months in office, Mayor Reed has successfully led Montgomery amid the once-in-a-lifetime pandemic that jeopardized regional hospital capacity and businesses’ livelihoods. During this pandemic, the murder of George Floyd sparked worldwide protests and calls for change in police-community relations as well as an overhaul of the systemic injustices still plaguing the nation. Despite these unique challenges, Mayor Reed is ready to advance an agenda that deals with the community’s most pressing issues and puts Montgomery on-track to become a leader in the New South.
Accomplished public servant and leaderAs Montgomery County Alabama’s first African-American and youngest elected Probate Judge, he has expanded access to representation, improved facilities and modernized the office to better serve the community.
His contribution toward the creation of the Alabama Healthy Minds Network has helped hundreds of people get the treatment and services they need instead of spending time in jail. He has made drastic improvements to mental health services and other areas administration. In addition, Steven correctly stood up for the rule of law in a legal challenge to former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore over marriage equality.
Mayor Reed has also worked across the aisle with former Sec. of State Jim Bennett to initiate a statewide voter PR campaign centered on educating the public about new Voter ID laws. In addition, he was named to the Department of Homeland Security’s Election Integrity Commission.
Steven has invested himself in his hometown. An alumnus of Leadership Alabama, he enjoys volunteering as a YMCA football coach and participating in various community service initiatives. He also serves on the boards of the River Region United Way, the Metro Board of the Montgomery Area YMCA, Trustmark Bank, and Valiant Cross Academy. Steven is the Moderator at Community Congregational United Church of Christ, as well as an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Mayor Reed has received the Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Award for Governmental Service and was chosen as a New Deal Leader. Steven was also invited to the Aspen Institute Justice and Society Seminar and traveled to Israel at the invitation of the American Israel Education Foundation. As Probate Judge, he delivered over a million dollars’ worth of new voting machines and expanded the office’s efforts to increase voter participation.
Steven Reed was born and raised in Montgomery, AL where he matriculated through Montgomery Public Schools. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Morehouse College, where he also lettered in football. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Mayor Reed and his wife Tamika are the proud parents of three children.
Duties of the Mayor
The Mayor serves as head of the administrative branch of City government and holds the following responsibilities:
- Enforcing all laws and ordinances
- Appointing and removing all officers and employees of the City
- Exercising administrative supervision and control over all departments
- Keeping the Council fully advised of the financial conditions and needs of the City
- Preparing and submitting annual budgets to the Council
- Recommending actions to the Council
- Setting salaries and/or compensations of appointed officers and employees of the City