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Birmingham Councilmember Elected to National League of Cities Board of Directors

November 21, 2023

Darell O’QuinnMONTGOMERY – The National League of Cities (NLC) re-elected Birmingham City Councilmember Darrell O’Quinn to serve on its board of directors at its annual business meeting during City Summit this past Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia. O’Quinn will serve a two-year term at a very important time for the NLC as the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary throughout 2024. He has represented the 5th District on the Birmingham City Council since 2017.

O’Quinn said, “Serving on the board of directors for the National League of Cities over the past year has afforded me opportunities to have direct input into national issues facing cities, towns and villages across our nation. In this regard, it has been a tremendous honor for me to represent Birmingham and the state of Alabama. I’m glad to speak up and tell folks that Alabama has something to say and that Birmingham has more to offer. Of course, I would not have ascended to such a distinguished position without the support of the Alabama League of Municipalities. I’m incredibly grateful for their support both at home in Alabama and as I endeavor to proudly represent our state at a national level. I now have the opportunity to continue my service on the NLC Board of Directors through 2025. Birmingham and Alabama have much to be proud of as well as our fair share of challenges to overcome. I, along with other Alabama colleagues who serve NLC in a variety of capacities, intend to continue telling our story and learning about and bringing back innovative best practices to continue making Alabama one of the best places to live this side of heaven.”

In his previous stint on the NLC Board of Directors, O’Quinn served on its finance committee. He has also served as a member of the NLC’s Transportation and Infrastructure Services Federal Advocacy Committee and of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials constituency group.

“The Alabama League of Municipalities is incredibly proud of Councilmember O’Quinn for being re-elected to represent our state and organization at the highest level of civil service,” Greg Cochran, executive director of the League, said. “Councilmember O’Quinn is dependable, actively engaged and has been a staunch supporter of moving the needle on important issues. We know he will continue doing an exceptional job, and we wish him all the best throughout his tenure.”

O’Quinn is a former scientist and clinical veterinarian for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been a board member and officer for numerous civic and non-profit organizations in his community and was a member of the 2015 class of Leadership Birmingham.

The Alabama League of Municipalities is a nonpartisan membership association of over 450 incorporated cities and towns. Since 1935, the League has worked to strengthen municipal government through advocacy, training and the advancement of effective local leadership. As the recognized voice of Alabama’s cities and towns, the League’s member municipalities benefit from a variety of member programs, services and activities that are impossible to accomplish alone. Learn more at