James Douglas Stewart Jr. has over 27 years of experience in public and personal finances. He is a graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Business in Accounting. He was employed at the United States Postal Service for 12 years as an accountant before entering into financial ministry. He currently serves as the City Clerk, which his responsibilities are to manage a 15 million dollar budget, to be the custodian of records pertaining to city affairs such as resolutions, ordinances, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, and revenue disbursements. Additionally, he is responsible for analyzing investment records and supervising the issuance of business licenses and permits.
Since James has become the City Clerk, he has been certified as a Court Magistrate by the Administrative Office of Courts for the State of Alabama, a Certified Alabama Planning and Zoning Official by the University of North Alabama- Alabama Planning Institute and as a Certified Governmental Accounting Technician by the Government Finance Officers Association. He is also a member of the Alabama Association of Municipal Clerks, the Institute of International Municipal Clerks, the Jefferson County Municipal Clerks, the Government Finance Officers Association, the Alabama Government Finance Officers Association, the Alabama/City County Management Association, the Alabama Municipal Court Clerks & Magistrate Association, the Association of Public Personnel Administrators Alabama Chapter and the Economic Development Association of Alabama.
When James served as a Councilman for approximately 6 years, he chaired the Finance and Library Committees and assisted on the Economic Development, Fire Department, Senior Citizens, Public Relations and Public Works/Utilities Committees.
James has served on several boards at the state and national government level. He was a member of the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Committee and the Small Cities Steering Council. He also participated at the state level by serving as a member of their Community and Economic Development Committee.
He was also the President of the Irondale Rotary Club, the Irondale Exchange Club, the National Association of Black Investors, the Treasurer for Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, the Financial Secretary of the 100 Black Men, a member of the Irondale Commercial Development Authority, a member of the Irondale Civitan Club, a honorary member of the Greater Irondale Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Advisory Committee.
James was a graduate of Leadership Birmingham class of 2010. He has received several public service awards and has attended two of the most prestigious universities in the country to study community and economic development. He was awarded a certificate from the Harvard University Divinity School Summer Leadership Institute for completing their Faith-Based Community Development Program. He also earned a certificate from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School for completing their Economic Development Program through the International Council of Shopping Centers. He received a Bronze Award for completing 16 hours of course work in the National League of Cities Achievement Leadership Program. He also completed 80 hours of course work in the Alabama League of Municipalities Advanced Certified Municipal Officers program.
James was the Pastor at The Lighthouse. He served as a mentor with the Discovery Clubs of Alabama, which takes the Bible and the Gospel into public schools. He also participated on several non-profit boards. He was the Treasurer for Building Jobs Skills for Americans with Disabilities, a board member for the Evangelical Covenant Church Pension and Benefits Board, and a board member for the Exchange Club Family Skill Center.
James and his wife, Kimberly, have been married and residents of the Stoneridge community for over 24 years. They have two children; Jade (20) attends Loyola University in New Orleans, and Christian (14) attends Shades Valley High School.
James’ primary goal is to promote and further the interest of his home, the City of Irondale, and wants to continue to use his knowledge, skills and expertise to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Irondale.