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The City of Pelham operates under a Mayor-Council form of government.  This form of government most closely resembles the private sector with the Mayor serving as the Chief Executive Officer and the Council as the Board of Directors.   The Council elects a president and president pro tempore to preside over the council meetings.  The Mayor is in charge of day-to-day operations of the city.  He is not a voting member of the council.  The Pelham City Council meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located in Pelham City Hall.

The Mayor and City Council Members are elected at large for four-year terms.  The municipal election was held in 2008.  The general election was held August 26, 2008.  A run-off election was held on October 7, 2008.  All residents vote at the Pelham Civic Complex for municipal elections.

The Mayor and City Council work as a team with the City of Pelham employees to provide the public with:

  • A safe community in which to live and work.
  • Services delivered courteously and professionally.
  • Fiscal responsibility with accountability.
  • Convenient opportunities for recreation.

The elected officials and employees recognize that if they accomplish these goals the City of Pelham will always be a desirable place in which to live and work.

The City of Pelham operates under the direction of Mayor Don Murphy.  The Pelham City Council members are:

  • Mike Dickens, Council President
  • Teresa Nichols, PhD 
  • Bill Meadows
  • Steve Powell, President Pro-Tem 
  • Karyl Rice



Mayor Murphy was elected to office in October 2008.  He is currently serving his first term.

  • Married to Martha Murphy
  • Two children: Gene and Jeff; two grandchildren
  • Resident of Pelham since 1969
  • Kirkman Tech and University of Alabama Birmingham

Professional/Community Involvement:
  • Independent business owner and Real Estate broker in Pelham for 35 years
  • Elected as a Republican to the Shelby County Commission and Alabama State Legislature
  • Past President, Cahaba Valley Jaycees
  • Past President, Pelham Civitan Club
  • Past President, Alabaster/Pelham Rotary
  • Director, Shelby County YMCA
  • Past President, Pelham High School Athletic Booster Club
  • North Shelby County Chairman of Heart Association
  • Former Director, Shelby County Cancer Society
  • Birmingham Association of Home Builders
  • Alabama Association of Home Builders
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
  • Birmingham Board of Realtors
  • Alabama Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors
  • US Army Veteran
Areas of Interest:

Fiscally responsible budget, increase citizen participation with city, improve roadways, increase commercial tax base, responsible development and growth for the city, expand sewer availability, increase parks and playgrounds and education



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