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The City Council Members serve staggered terms. One ends September of this year and the next in 2004. They are:
District 1 - Richard Showers, Sr. -Pro-Temp
District 2 - Mark Russell - President
District 3 - John Olshefski
District 4 - Bill Kling, Jr.
District 5 - Will Culver

Telephone: (256) 427-5011
Fax: (256) 427-5024
Address: 308 Fountain Circle
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
E-Mail: City Council

The Huntsville City Council is the legislative branch of the Huntsville city government as defined by the Mayor-Council Act of the State of Alabama. All official actions must be approved by a majority vote of the Council during its regular meeting on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.
The Huntsville City Council assigned to 10 Committees and Boards, with one or two Council Members on each committee. Council members to represent the Council on six of the boards and committees are assigned by the President of the Council. Each committee is responsible for hearing items that fall under its jurisdiction and then making recommendations to the Council as a whole.

Councilman John Olshefski
Telephone: (256) 427-5011
Fax: (256) 427-5024
Address: 308 Fountain Circle
Huntsville, Alabama 35801


Councilman Will Culver
Telephone: (256) 427-5011
Fax: (256) 427-5024
Address: 308 Fountain Circle
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Glenn Watson, Representing District 5, was elected to the Council in 1996 on a promise to be a full time Councilman.
Glenn Watson,
Mr. Watson is an Air Force Veteran and a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Mr. Watson has owned and operated Stanlieo's Sub Villas since 1971. He has three grown children who all live in Huntsville. He was elected Councilman in 1996 to his first term representing District #5. He was reelected in 2000 for a second term. In 2003 Councilman Watson was the driving force behind the funding for and the construction of the children's University Drive Walking Overpass. He also led the council in securing additional funding for our Boys and Girls Club. Mr. Watson initiated actions to remove the Sunday Blue Law which resulted in over one million dollars in new sales tax revenue. He was a key figure in bringing the National Gold Wing Motorcycle Convention to Huntsville which brought seven (7) million dollars to our city. Councilman Watson is a current member of the greater Huntsville Rotary Club. He has served on the Planning Commission and the Research Park Board and is a current member of the Huntsville Sports Commission. His association with civic and professional organizations include membership in the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville Madison County, Elks Club, Moose Club, American Legion, Director of the Huntsville Restaurant Association, and Treasurer of the Small Business Council.

Councilman Mark Russell
Telephone: (256) 427-5011
Fax: (256) 427-5024
Address: 308 Fountain Circle
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Mark Russell,
Mr. Russell, moved to Huntsville with his parents in 1973. He attended Jones Valley Elementary School, Whitesburg Middle School and Huntsville High. Mark graduated from Auburn University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After graduation, Mark joined R&G International, Inc., a local defense contractor. He is currently responsible for Government Sales. As a father with two young children, Mark has worked hard to see that all children in our community have an opportunity to reach their full potential. He has served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club since 1996 and was the Chairman of the Board for a three-year period from 1999-2001. Under his leadership, the organization expanded to seven clubs with a budget over one million dollars. In recognition of his service, Mark has received the Alabama Area Council Outstanding Achievement Award and the Boys and Girls Club of America’s National Medallion. Mark, a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County's Class 9, has also served the program by being a member of its Board for 4 years and chairing the Youth Leadership Program. In addition, Mark has been active with numerous other community agencies including The Volunteer Center, Huntsville Hospital Foundation Development Board, Madison County Auburn Alumni Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and as a tutor at Colonial Hills Elementary School. Mark is married to April Russell and they have two daughters, Mary Allen and Bailey. Mr. Russell is a member of First Presbyterian Church where he serves as an Elder, youth leader and Sunday school teacher. In his spare time he referees high school football and coaches his daughter’s softball team.

Councilman Bill Kling
Telephone: (256) 427-5011
Fax: (256) 427-5024
Address: 308 Fountain Circle
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Bill Kling, Jr., Representing District 4, was first elected to the City Council in 1988. Mr. Kling was re-elected in 1990, 1994, and 1998
Bill Kling, Jr,
Mr. Kling received a B.S. degree in Mass Media Communications and Public Administration from the University of Alabama and a M.S. degree in Urban studies from Alabama A&M University. Mr. Kling previously served as a member of the Huntsville City Board of Education. Mr. Kling has held numerous positions in the broadcast and public relations fields including public relations director, radio announcer and newscaster for a public radio station and broadcast instructor and public relations specialist for John C. Calhoun Junior College. Bill and his wife, Tanjie, enjoy traveling and meeting people.

Councilman Richard Showers
Telephone: (256) 427-5011
Fax: (256) 427-5024
Address: 308 Fountain Circle
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
E-Mail: Councilman Showers
Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. and Family, District One
OFFICE HOURS: Monday & Tuesday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
By Appointment - Only
Dr. Richard Showers, Sr., Representing District 1, was first elected to the City Council in 1988. He is currently employed by the Huntsville Center for Technology as a basic career education teacher. Dr. Showers has served on numerous planning commissions and boards that are instrumental to the successful growth and development of Huntsville. These boards include: Planning Commission, Metropolitan Planning Committee, Clean Community Committee, Historical Preservation Authority, Zoning Subcommittee, and the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments. He is currently a member of the National Education Association, Alabama Education Association, Huntsville Education Association, Community Action Agency Trustee Board, Alabama A & M University Trustee Board. Dr. Showers is a deacon at the Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He is the president of the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Laymen's Movement, first vice president of the National Baptist Layman's Movement, and a trustee at Selma University, Selma, Alabama. He is a life member of the NAACP, life member of the Alabama A&M Alumni Association; life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He and his wife, Bettye Ann, are the proud parents of 5 children.
Professional Background:
• B.S. - Agribusiness Education, Alabama A & M
• M.S. - Trade and Industrial Education, Alabama A & M
• Honorary Doctorate, Humanities
• Adult & Continuing Education, Auburn University
• Instructor: Vocational and Adult Education, Elementary School Technology, Middle School Industrial and Earth Science
• Educational Coordinator: Adult Education.
Honors Received:
• Presidential Citation as a Distinguished Alumni of Alabama A & M University by the National Association of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.
• Overall winner for politics by the Twenty Distinguished Men of Huntsville in 1993.
• Received the Annual Greater Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship Award in 2002.
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Award, 1997, presented at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
• NAACP Award for Excellence presented at the 1998 NAACP Life Membership Banquet
Dr. Richard Showers, Sr., Representing District 1,
was first elected to the City Council in 1988. He is currently employed by the Huntsville Center for Technology as a basic vocational instructor.

City Council Regular Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers of the Municipal Building on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 6:00 P.M. City Council Work Sessions are held in the City Council 7th Floor Conference Room of the Municipal Building on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00 P.M.

City Council Regular Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers of the Municipal Building on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 6:00 P.M. City Council Work Sessions are held in the City Council 7th Floor Conference Room of the Municipal Building on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00 P.M. For Information, call (256) 427-5011.

District 1 City Councilman Richard Showers, Sr. - Office hours are 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Monday and Tuesday. Please call (256) 427-5011 for an appointment.
District 2 City Councilman Mark Russell would like to hear from you. Please contact him at Mark.Russell@hsvcity.com or call (256) 427-5011.
District 3 City Councilman John Olshefski - Please call (256) 427-5011 for an appointment.
District 4 City Councilman Bill Kling - Monthly Town Meeting - Third Monday of every month at 7:00 P.M. The meeting will be held at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Meeting Room A. For Information, call (256) 427-5011.
District 5 City Councilman Glen Watson will meet any time or any where at your convenience. Please call (256) 427-5011 for an appointment