by Colin Crews
Irondale Tommy Joe Alexander is expected to testify in the harassment trial of City Council President Bobby Joe Wilson. The trial begins Monday. The harassment charge was brought against Wilson last September by Irondale Public Works Director Delane Davis. The complaint claims that Wilson provoked an argument at the city’s 2012 Thanksgiving Luncheon. Several city employees at the luncheon state that Wilson became confrontational with Davis over the removal of campaign signs from the August 2012 elections. As the disagreement became more heated Mayor Alexander asked the two men to move to an unoccupied office in an attempt to calm the situation. Sources who witnessed the altercation claim that as Davis entered the office, Wilson shoved the Public Works Director and said, “What are you going to do now, boy?”
When news of the complaint first broke last September, Wilson’s attorney, Tommy Spina said that “Any allegation he (Wilson) did something that would equate to harassment of another individual as defined under Alabama law is totally out of character for him.” Wilson turned himself into the Jefferson County Jail on September 4th, 2013 and was released a short time later that day on a $1,000 bond.
Alabama State Law describes harassment as when an individual “strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise touches a person or… directs abusive or obscene language or makes an obscene gesture towards another person.”
A subpoena has been issued for Alexander to testify, however it is unclear if the three term mayor has been served yet. District Court Judge Katrina Ross will hear the case on March 17th in criminal court. It is unclear at this time whether Council President Wilson, if found guilty, will be forced to resign from office.