Monday, January 3, 2011

Longtime Birmingham City Hall insider Bill Ricker dies at 77

Published: Sunday, January 02, 2011, 5:20 PM ??? Updated: Sunday, January 02, 2011, 5:32 PM

Bill Ricker, a presence in Birmigham civic life and at Birmingham City Hall since the 1960s, died Sunday after an extended illness. He was 77.?


Ricker was working as a photographer for The Birmingham News when he left to join the administration of Mayor George Seibels in 1969, serving as Seibels' executive secretary. ?


Ricker, a Carbondale, Pa. native, went on to serve as executive director of Operation New Birmingham and planning director for the United Way, and later returned to city hall to serve as an assistant to Councilmen Jimmy Blake and Joel Montgomery.?


Visitation will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Homewood, with the funeral?following at 2 p.m.


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