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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 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.

Agendas are approved by noon on the Wednesday prior to Council meeting.

The Mayor and City Council Members are elected at large for four-year terms.  The latest municipal election was held the fourth Tuesday in August 2008 - August 26, 2008.   Municipal Election Information is available on the home page of this website or by contacting the city clerk at 620-6404.  The Alabama Secretary of State website contains valuable information about elections.  www.sos.state.al.us

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 - Place 2
  • Teresa Nichols, PhD - Place 1
  • Bill Meadows - Place 3
  • Steve Powell, President Pro-Tempore - Place 4
  • Ms. Karyl Rice - Place 5


Michael (Mike) Dickens, City Council President

Mike was elected to the city council in October 1996.  He is currently serving his fourth term.

Personal Profile:
  • Michael S. Dickens
    104 Windsor Circle
    Pelham, AL 35124
    Phone 663-5625 H  /  620-0903 O
    [email protected]
  • Married to Jody Pritchard Dickens
  • Two children: Jacob and John Ross
  • Murray State University, Murray, KY
    BS Degree, May 1979

Professional/Community Involvement:
  • National Account Executive Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
  • Member of Alabama League of Municipalities
  • Past President of Pelham High School Athletic Association
  • Member of First Baptist Church of Pelham
  • Sunday school teacher
  • Member of Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
  • City Council President 2004-2006
Areas of Interest:

Personal:  Sports / Outdoor Activity
Community: Current Council Liaison - Finance


Teresa Nichols, PhD

Teresa was elected to office in October 2008.  She is currently serving her first term.

Personal Profile:
  • Teresa Nichols, PhD
    234 Beaver Creek Parkway
    Pelham, AL 35124
    733-1295 H
    [email protected]
  • Two children: Jarrod and Brooke
  • City resident since 2001
  • BA in Elementary Education and MEd in Counseling & Guidance, University of Montevallo
  • PhD in Instructional Leadership, The University of Alabama
  • Retired Educator from Alabama Public Schools
Professional/Community Involvement:
  • State Reading Panel, Alabama State Dept. of Education
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Phoenix, Highway 280 Campus
  • Member of Hunter Street Baptist Church
Areas of Interest:

Gardening, Reading, Bible Study, Natural Health


Bill Meadows 

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

Personal Profile:
  • Bill Meadows
    133 Kings Crest Road
    Pelham, AL 35124
    663-1692 H
    [email protected]
  • Married to Beth Meadows
  • Two children:  Bill, Jr. and Chris;  four grandchildren
  • Consultant for attracting people to relocate to Alabama
  • City resident since 1993
  • University of Alabama degree in Mining Engineering
  • U.S Army Command General Staff College
  • National Defense University
Professional/Community Involvement:
  • Member of the Alabama League of Municipalities
  • Council representative to Park & Recreation and Library
  • Program Manager, AL Dept. of Economic and Community Affairs
  • Col. (retired) ALARNG/USAR
  • Alabama Cities for Relocation and Retiree Attraction
Areas of Interest:

Economic Development, Education and City Services

Steve Powell, City Council President Pro-Tempore

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

Personal Profile:
  • Steve Powell
    121 High Crest Road
    Pelham, AL 335124
    664-0242 H
    [email protected]
  • Alabama native, born in Birmingham in 1961
  • Married to Glenda Cannon Powell
  • Three children: Elizabeth, Eric and Patrick
  • Member of Pelham First Baptist Church
  • Resident of Pelham for over 30 years; currently lives in the Oak Crest subdivision located off Highway 11
  • Graduate of Pelham High School
  • BS in Public Safety Administration, honor graduate, Athens State University
Professional/Community Involvement:
  • Began public service at age 16 with the Pelham Fire Department Junior Volunteer Program
  • Joined Pelham Fire Department in 1981
  • Promoted to Fire Marshal in 1984
  • Retired from City of Pelham in 2005 and began working in private business; currently working as a Fire Investigator for Southeastern Origin & Cause
  • Returned to government service part-time in 2007; currently working as a court officer for Shelby County
  • Served as President of the Pelham High School Football Board and Representative to the Athletic Association
  • Served as parent representative to Pelham's Youth Football Board
  • Served as Secretary of the Shelby County Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police
  • Served as head coach for YMCA baseball
Areas of Interest:

Public safety, Schools, Business development, Long range planning, Fiscal responsibility


Karyl Rice

Karyl was elected to office in October 1984.  She is currently serving her seventh term.

Personal Profile:
  • Karyl Rice
    P. O. Box 584
    Pelham, AL 35124
    663-6190 H
    [email protected]
  • Married to James M. Rice  (Mike)
  • Two children: daughter Karlyn Rice McCombs and son Chris
  • Corporate partner, office manager and financial officer of Business Telephones, Inc.
  • City resident for 36 years
  • Graduate of the University of Alabama with a composite degree in Chemistry and Biology in Secondary Education
  • Certified Municipal Official with Alabama League of Municipalities
Professional/Community Involvement:
  • Member of Alabama League of Municipalities
  • Serving on Alabama League of Municipalities Finance, Administration, and Intergovernment Relations Committee since 2006
  • Member of Crosscreek Baptist Church
  • Member of Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of Alabama City/County Management Association
  • Council representative to the Pelham Planning Commission
  • City Council President 2006-2008
  • City Council President Pro-Tempore 2004-2006
  • Member of ICMA
  • Served on Technical Assistance Team for evaluating progress at Riverchase Middle School in achieving the goals of the MMGW program established by the Southern Regional Education Board
Areas of Interest:

Financial accountability, Education & Schools, Planning & Zoning, and City services

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