Mobile Mayor Sam Jones

Mobile's police chief is retiring.

   Chief Micheal T. Williams announced Wednesday he will step down from the post within 60 days.

   Williams is leaving before mayor-elect Sandy Stimpson takes office. Stimpson defeated two-term incumbent Sam Jones on Tuesday.

   Williams was named police chief in 2010. He's worked for the Mobile Police Department for more than two decades.

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Birmingham and Mobile are both electing mayors on Tuesday.

   In Birmingham, incumbent William Bell faces four challengers as he seeks his first, full four-year term. Bell originally took office after the felony conviction of former Mayor Larry Langford and then won a shortened term.

   Bell is being opposed by Kamau Afrika, Patricia Bell, Stephannie Sigler Huey and Adlai Trone in a low-key municipal campaign.

   In Mobile, Mayor Sam Jones is being opposed by Sandy Stimpson and Doris Brown.

Mobile Mayor Sam Jones says federal support in the aftermath of two tornadoes that struck the city within the same week might be tough to come by. reports ( that Jones made the comments to Mobile's city council on Wednesday.

The city on Thursday will submit its request, including a damage assessment, to the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency, which will in turn submit it to the state. It will be up to Gov. Robert Bentley's office to determine if the request should be forwarded to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for consideration.