Perkins Service Record as Mayor 2000 – 2008
City of Selma, Alabama, the third oldest incorporated community in the state of Alabama, chartered in 1820, noted for its unique civil war and civil rights history. A community of 20,512 citizens, Selma is a riverfront ‘micropolitan’. It is the county seat, located in the Black Belt Region, and the largest incorporated community between the state capital, Montgomery, and the Alabama-Mississippi state line.
Selma has a 9-member governing body and operates under a strong mayor municipal government structure.
Because of Selma’s role during the civil war and civil rights eras, its brand has international name recognition. Overtime, constant major community conflicts tarnished its brand and left the community with a declining population, no growth, and no prospects for improvements. Accompanying its unique history were infrastructure, social, and economic challenges/opportunities considered by many experts to be some of the greatest in the nation.