Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed was elected the City’s first African American mayor in its 200-year history and established the Montgomery United Transition team with six committees that will help him evaluate issues, identify solutions and ultimately help set his agenda for the city. Beasley Allen’s managing attorney, Tom Methvin, was selected along with 10 other local leaders and stakeholders to serve on the team.

“This is a historic moment for our city and I’m proud to be a part of it,” Methvin said. “I am encouraged that Montgomery selected a leader who is focused on uniting and on seizing opportunities that will maintain the growth and success from the past years.”

In his first 100 days, Mayor Reed has said he intends to focus on rebuilding trust between the community and law enforcement and on education, a priority he shares with Methvin.

“The benefits of investing in education can be felt across all sectors of the community and shows our neighbors that we value the talent cultivated in our local schools, including our institutions of higher learning. It signals to corporations and would-be employers that we are a serious contender for their business and jobs,” Methvin said.

The Montgomery United Transition team is chaired by retired Judge Vanzetta Penn-McPherson and investment banker John Mazyck. Additional issues of focus for the Mayor and committee include economic development; infrastructure and transportation; public safety; health and human services; and cultural arts and entertainment.

Beginning next Monday and until Jan. 20, committee members will gather feedback from community residents and other stakeholders during a series of public meetings. The committee will compile the feedback in a report it will present to the Mayor for his consideration as part of his agenda-setting process. More information about the meetings and Mayor Reed’s Montgomery United team can be viewed at

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