The Northport City Council is now actively seeking people interested in filling the seat vacated earlier this month by the shock resignation of former Council President Jeff Hogg.

The embattled insurance salesman represented the city's District 5 for most of two terms after he was first elected in 2020. After the city council spent most of 2023 plunged in controversy with Hogg at the forefront as its president, he resigned earlier this month and said he and his family had received threats in response to some of his actions as an elected official and the position was putting business relationships in jeopardy.

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State law gives the remaining four city council members 60 days to appoint a new council representative to serve the rest of this term, which will stretch into 2025 thanks to a 2021 decision of the Alabama legislature.

If the council cannot agree on an appointee, the decision will go to Governor Kay Ivey, who would then have an additional 30 days to make an appointment.

In the extremely unlikely event that neither the council nor the governor can or will make an appointment, a special election could be called for District 5 residents to cast their own votes, but it's difficult to imagine the city spending the money required to arrange one so close to the next municipal elections in August 2025.

District 5 includes the northwest parts of the city limits, in an area generally north of McFarland Boulevard and west of Highway 43.

City of Northport
City of Northport

Anyone interested in being considered for the vacant seat must be a qualified voter and reside within District 5.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and resume to City Administrator Glenda Webb at by 12 p.m. next Friday, March 22.

The council and city staff will then interview candidates the following week and aim to vote on an appointee before their ability to do so ends in early May.

For more information, please contact City Administrator Glenda Webb at 205-339-7000 or via email at

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