Fairhope mayor briefly hospitalized for infection

By Cliff McCollum
Posted 3/6/17

Last week, Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson was briefly hospitalized for what she told residents was an issue with an infection.

Wilson took to her official Facebook page to deliver the message, …

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Fairhope mayor briefly hospitalized for infection

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Last week, Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson was briefly hospitalized for what she told residents was an issue with an infection.

Wilson took to her official Facebook page to deliver the message, writing:

“I had planned my first meeting with a couple of city council members yesterday morning (I am only allowed by law to meet up to two council members at a time); however, the meeting had to be postponed as I became very ill and had to be hospitalized where I remain,” Wilson wrote. “Tests are being run to determine the nature of my illness. The only thing we know right now is that I am fighting an infection. I hope to be out soon, but am still working while here and will continue talking with council to find ways we can move forward.”

Wilson also took time in the post to discuss the recent firing of two city employees, Public Works Director Jennifer Fidler and Community Affairs Director Sherry Sullivan.

“I appreciate the outpouring of support and understanding by many following Friday's events,” Wilson wrote. “For those who are upset, I want you to know that I care about how you feel. The employees were let go for reasons which I cannot disclose at this time, but be assured that those actions were in the best interest of the City. The two employees were long-serving, but tenure does not outweigh what is in the best interest of the City and its citizens. A difficult decision had to be made, and no one likes to make these types of decisions, but it had to be done to protect the integrity and interest of the City at large.”

Wilson also took aim at a temporary 60-day hiring freeze approved unanimously by the city council at a special called meeting last week.

“I am committed to working with our Council, and they also must be committed to working with me and because of there are 5 councilmen and 1 of me, the communication must go both ways,” Wilson wrote. “Each were elected by the citizens to perform the functions of the office they were elected to hold, and the actions of Monday’s City Council Emergency Session crossed long-standing legal boundaries established by Alabama law. Know that I will continue to protect the integrity of both branches of government (Office of the Mayor and City Council) so that Fairhope will be successful and rash decisions will not continue to be made that further divide the community.”

Reports as of Monday were that Wilson was no longer in the hospital and planned to be attending the council meeting on Thursday, March 9.