Simon Speights

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Simon Speights is the former mayor of Lipscomb. He ran unopposed in the 2004 election for Lipscomb City Council and was selected by the council to succeed Jimmie Johnson when he resigned the mayor's office in 2005.

In June 2007 it was reported that a car Speights has driven was one that had previously been reported stolen and was abandoned and impounded in the city. It was soon later revealed that Speights had pleaded guilty to felony burglary in Birmingham on February 3, 1994. Although his voting rights had been restored, it was determined that he was not qualified to run for elected office. Residents of Lipscomb petitioned for him to step down and Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Arthur Green filed papers calling for his removal. He resigned on July 26, 2007.

Preceded by:
Jimmie Johnson
Mayor of Lipscomb
2005 - 2007
Succeeded by:
Gaston Randle (acting)

References

  • Nance, Rahkia (July 26, 2007) "Lipscomb mayor resigns." Birmingham News.
  • Nance, Rahkia (July 18, 2007) "Angry residents call for Speights to quit as mayor." Birmingham News.
  • Gordon, Robert K. and Rahkia Nance (June 29, 2007) "Lipscomb mayor's 1994 burglary conviction eyed." Birmingham