On May 22, 2017, Walt Maddox was sworn in for his fourth term as Tuscaloosa’s 36th Mayor. Since his first inauguration in 2005, Mayor Maddox has been dedicated to seeing the City of Tuscaloosa reach its greatest potential, and has led the city during tough times.
Mayor Maddox has been nationally recognized for his crisis management following April 27, 2011, when an EF-4 tornado destroyed 12 percent of the City and severely damaged or destroyed 5,300 homes and businesses.
Mayor Maddox is currently serving as a fellow with the Program on Crisis Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
In 2012, Mayor Maddox was named Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County (the publication for state and local governments) for his strong, decisive and comforting leadership.
Mayor Maddox is a Tuscaloosa native and graduated from Central High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and master’s degree in Public Administration from UAB. While at UAB, Mayor Maddox was a four-year letterman on the football team.
In 1996, Mayor Maddox began his professional career as a Field Director with the Alabama Education Association. In 2001, he was appointed Executive Director of Personnel for the Tuscaloosa City Schools. In that same year, he was elected as City Councilman for the Sixth District.
Walt is married to Stephanie and has two children, Taylor and Eli. His favorite hobby is running, and he has completed 9 marathons and several half-marathons.