Birmingham City Councilor William Parker took the oath of office on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, to fill the unexpired District 4 term. Councilor Parker is chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee and serves on the Public Safety and Administration and Education Committees. The Talladega College graduate has a longstanding history in politics, working as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Representative Earl Hilliard, D-Birmingham, before being elected to the State Legislature. During his tenure he served a large portion of Council District 4. The Birmingham City Council appointed Councilor Parker to fill his late mother’s term on November 26, 2013. Council President Maxine Herring Parker passed away on November 12, 2013 and Councilor Parker has vowed to continue her work. Comprised of nine members, the Birmingham City Council is the legislative branch of Birmingham city government as defined by the Mayor-Council Act of the State of Alabama.