Jefferson County commissioner ­William Bell became mayor of Birmingham Tuesday with 54% of the vote, defeating lawyer Patrick Cooper.

Bell will serve the remaining 19 months in former Mayor Larry Langford’s term. Langford was removed from office after being convicted last year of federal pay-to-play charges related to the time he was on the Jefferson County Commission. There he helped orchestrate the ill-fated refinancing of the county’s $3.2 billion of sewer debt.

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