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History of Mobile County Commission

                          
 

Today, Mobile County has a population of about 415,000. It is the third largest economy in the state, with an annual Gross Domestic Product of about $20 billion. It is led by three Commissioners who serve four-year elected terms of office and represent three defined districts, each with just over 138,000 residents.

Each Commissioner serves as President of the Mobile County Commission for 16 months within the term, beginning with the District 1 Commissioner, proceeding to the District 2 Commissioner and concluding with the District 3 Commissioner.

Mobile County is the only one of Alabama’s 67 counties with a majority female Commission.  

As the governing body for Mobile County, Alabama, the Commission is responsible for budget and infrastructure decision making that enhances quality of life and makes Mobile County a great place to live, work and play. Mobile County Commission maintains about 1,400 miles of roads, 160 bridges, 100 buildings, multiple parks and provides funding for all County operations, including the Sheriff’s Department, Metro Jail, License Commissioner, Revenue Commissioner and the office of the Probate Judge. The Commission is integral to economic development within the region and is committed to increasing public access to water through its Parks Initiative. 



But Mobile County and its leadership didn’t start out this way.  
 


Mobile County was established in 1812 by Mississippi Territorial Governor David Holmes. Seven years later, in 1819, the Alabama territory reached the requirements necessary to achieve statehood due to, among other things, rapid population growth throughout the region.

When the County was created, a governing body was established to see to the needs of this fledgling county. Few records exist of the earliest years of Mobile County. According to the Alabama Department of Archives and History, there have been three courthouse fires in Mobile in 1823, 1840 and 1872. Minutes books dating back to the mid-1800s are kept in archive at Mobile Government Plaza.

Mobile County’s governing body was originally known as the Roads Commission before merging with the revenue commission in the mid-1800s to form the Mobile County Roads and Revenue Commission. This name would stand until 1960 when the body became the Mobile County Commission. Over time, terms of service varied from one year appointments to the now four years of elected office. The number of Commissioners also changed quite a bit, with an average of five and as many as nine, according to records. While early Commissioners served part-time and staffing was through political appointments that ended with the term, today’s Commissioners serve full-time and have about 1,600 employees in Mobile County’s primary operational units: Administration, Engineering and Public Works.

Below is a listing of Mobile County Commissioners, their terms of service and notes indicating additional elected office as well as local roads or facilities that may have been named in his/her honor and other facts that may be of historical significance.

This is a page in progress. While the list below is believed to be accurate based on available information, it is not warranted, nor is it purported to be complete.  To suggest information for this page or to report errors, please email publicaffairsdept@mobilecountyal.gov.

Mobile County Commissioners
 

NAME

YEARS

NOTES

Mobile County Commission

Records 1960-Present Day

 

Randall Dueitt

2020 - present

 

Jerry Carl

2012-2020

U.S. House of Representatives

Connie Hudson

2010 - present

Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Center

Merceria L. Ludgood

2007 - present

 

Juan H. Chastang

2005-2007

 

Mike Dean

2000-2012

 

Steven D. Nodine

2004-2010

 

Freeman E. Jockisch

1993-2004

 

Gary G. Tanner

1993-2000

 

Bill Menton

1989-1993

 

Samuel L. Jones

1987-2005

Alabama House of Representatives, Mayor of Mobile

James L. Mason

1985-1993

 

Oliveth M. Archer

1985-1989

First female elected to a County Commission in Alabama

William E. Hays

1982-1985

 

Douglas Wicks

1981-1987

First African American elected to Mobile County Commission

Jon Archer

1981-1982

Jon Archer Arena
Jon Archer Agricultural Center
(Schillinger Road)

Jeff Mims

1978-1981

 

Dan Wiley

1977-1981

 

Arnold Debrow

1976-1978

 

Bay Haas

1973-1981

Bay Haas Building

(Government Street)

Harry E. McConnell

1972-1973

 

Howard E. Yeager

1969-1977

 

Coy Smith

1969-1975

Coy Smith Road

Aldon L. Smith

1968-1969

 

Will D. Haas

1954-1969

 

Hugh E. Fort

1954-1967

Hugh Fort Road

 

 

 

Board of Revenue & Roads Commissioners

Records 1861- 1960

 

 

 

 

George A. Toulmin

1950-1954

Commissioner of Licenses

B.L. Onderdonk

1954-1954

 

Gerald L. Leff

1954-1954

 

John Fagerstrom

1954 - 1961

 

Sydney S. Pfleger

1953-1954

 

Charles F. Hackmeyer

1942-1953

Mayor of Mobile

Hackmeyer Park (Airport Blvd.)

Joseph N. Langan

1949-1950

Mayor of Mobile

Joseph Langan Park (Zeigler Road)

Joseph R. Mitternight

1938-1949; 1954-1961.

Mayor of Mobile

Mitternight Park & Recreation Center (Moffet Road)

C.H. Jackson

1942-1954

 

Leroy N. Stevens

1942-1972

Leroy Stevens Road

Thomas .J. Geary

1941-1942

 

F.E. Haas

1938-1941

 

Albert S. Towle

1938-1942

 

Montrose B. Herzfeld

1935-1937

 

Godfrey W. Alexander

1934-1938

 

Walter W. Bolton

1934-1942

 

William V. McDermott

1937-1938

 

Daniel T. McCall

1934-1938

 

R.A. Smith

1933-1934

 

A.B. Jefferies

1933-1954

 

Matt A. Boykin

1928-1935

 

J. Leslie Green

1931-1934

 

Charles A. Baumhauer

1931-1933

Mayor of Mobile

James. E. Shelton

1931-1933

 

E.D. Laurendine

1931-1935

 

H.E. Booth

1927-1931

 

Frank E. Smee

1926-1927

 

Estes D. Baker

1926-1931

 

Arthur D. Davis

1926-1931

 

Albert S. Towle

1922-1928

 

J.C. Prine

1922-1931

 

J.G. Cleveland

1922-1924

 

Pat Byrne

1922-1926

 

Albert H.W. Freeland

1918-1922 & 1924-1926

 

Alfred G. Ward

1914-1926

 

Finlay McFayden

1914-1922

 

Joseph O. Bolton

1914-1918

 

R.L. Whatley

1914-1918

 

Charles A. Greene

1910-1918

 

Henry Brannan

1910-1914 & 1918-1922

 

John D. Hagan

1906-1914 & 1918-1922

 

Frank.P. Andrews

1904-1913

 

John T. Bauer

1892-1914

 

John Cowley

1898-1910

 

John R. Simmons

1892-1910

 

William H. Holcombe

1882-1884, 1894-1906

 

S.P. Gaillard

1913-1914

 

Benjamin L Hamilton

1896-1904

Ben Hamilton Road

George E. Sage

1887-1888-. 1892-1898

 

Thomas A. Lang

1892-1896

 

Orville F. Cawthorn

1884-1888. 1892-1894

 

Samuel A. Mountain Jr.

1888-1892

 

Murdock McGuinness

1888-1892

 

Dominique Y?

1888-1892

 

W.Y. Sermin

1888-1892

 

W.J. Hieronymus

1888-1892

 

Alexander Hartley

1884-1888

 

W. N. Bolton

1884-1888

 

Abraham Prince

1884-1888

 

D. R. Dunlay

1884-1887

 

William H. Homer

1880-1882

 

Abraham Baerman

1880-1884

 

James Cowloon

1880-1882

 

Erastus S. Perryman

1880-1880

 

Duncan. J. Parker

1880-1883

 

Francis Parker

!880-1882

 

John A. Soto.

1883-1884

 

John Maguire

1878-1880. 1882-1884.

 

Jesse Carter

1877-1880

 

James W. Holmes

1877-1880

 

William J. Ledyard

1877-1880

 

Martin Horst

1877-1878

Mayor of Mobile

John Reid Jr.

1874-1878

Mayor of Mobile

Thomas Mauser

1874-1877

 

B. B. Cox Sr.

1874-1877

 

James C. Coleman

1874-1877, 1882-1884.

 

Thomas Bidgood

1875-1877, 1878-1880

 

Jarvis Turner

1874-1875

 

Orson L. Crampton

1874-1874

 

Hugh Monroe

1860-1864, 1872-1874

 

Alfred E. Buck

1871-1874

 

William Hurter

1868-1872

 

Rob Coale

1868-1870

 

Frederick Bromberg

1868-1874

 

Caleb Price

1868-1874

Mayor of Mobile

Joseph C. Smith

1860-1874

 

B. Tardy

1864-1868

 

Jas. T. Shelton

1864-1868

 

William H. Sadler

1864-1868

 

Jacob Magee

1860-1868

 

Henry Chamberlain

1860-1861

1850-1872?

Mayor of Mobile

W.W. Mcguire

1860-1860

 

John S. Gliddon

1860-1864

 

Wyles J. Cleveland

1861-1864

 

 

 

 

Road Commissioners

Records 1849-1880

 

 

 

 

Lazarus Schwarg

1877-1880

 

William Davis

1877-1880

 

George B. Clitherall

1877-1879

 

William F. Malone

1877-1880

 

Rufus H. Scates

1875-1877

 

Ira B. Smith

1875-1877

 

William N. Bolton

1875-1880

 

James F. Bailey

1875-1877

 

John H. Rawls

1873-1875

 

W. O. Pond

1873-1875

 

Daniel McGill

1873-1875

 

J. M. Rabby

1873-1875

 

William J. Ledyard.

1873-1875

 

J. A. Cooper

1872-1873

 

Washington M. Lott

1872-1873

 

------ Heurtel

1868-1872?

 

Wilkins M. Guin.

1868-1872?

 

John M. Brown

1866-1873

 

------ Vautrot

1866-1868

 

Samuel C. Stramler

1866-1872?

 

Levi H. Norton

1866-1872?

 

Dominique O. Grady

1864-1868

 

Charles E. Williams

1866-1868

 

Dudley Rayford

1864-1873

 

Wesley W. McGuire

1864-1872?

 

Andrew Jackson

1864-1866

 

Robert Byrd

1862-1872?, 1875-1877

 

Benjamin C. Williams

1862-1872?

 

Alex L. Pole

1863-1868

 

Augustine Dermany

1863-1868

 

----- Duvall

1862-1864

 

----- Lodd

1862-1863

 

John Lord

1861-1863

 

Henry Raff

1861-1862

 

M.H. Nicoll

1861-1864

 

----- Lott

1860-1862

 

J. D. Haymie

1859-1860

 

Reuben A. Lewis

1859-1861

 

----- Shear

1858-1859

 

Wiley B. Brown

1858-1864

 

John King

1858-1860

 

Thomas G. Newfold

1858-1866

 

Francis L. Girard

1858-1872?

 

James M. Park

1855-1860

 

John M. Brown

1855-1864

 

Jacob Magee

1855-1872?

 

Edward A. Lewis

1854-1862

 

J.C. Turner

1854-1855

 

Brian C. Rowan

1854-1858

 

F.C. Booker

1854-1858

 

J.D. Humphrees

1852-1854

 

Robert Parris

1852-1854

 

James D. Godfold.

1852-1858

 

William Cleveland

1851-1852

 

----- Griggs

1851-1852

 

Myles H. Cleveland

1851-1851

 

----- Redwood

1850-1851

 

S. Harrity

1850-1851

 

Albert Stein

1849-1851

 

Dabney Palmer

1849-1855

 

James E. Prescott

1849-1855

 

George Bragg

1850-1850

 

James Martin

1849 & 1850

 

Alexander McKristy

1849-1850

 

Francis Alexander

1850-1855

 

William Byrd

1850-1858

 

Y.C. Hubble

1849-1852

 

John A. McBattle

1849-1851

 

M.M. McGuire

1849-1851

 

 

This webpage was created by the request of Commissioner Randall Dueitt. 

Public Affairs obtained information through Mobile County Records with significant assistance from Mobile County’s Records Department staff. A portion of the records review was through a manual evaluation of Minutes books dating back to 1849, review of the County roads inventory, and additional online research conducted by intern Stephen Davis, a history student at the University of Mobile and Public Affairs staff. His internship was supervised by Mobile County’s Public Affairs Director and UM history faculty.

Commissioners listed as Mayor of Mobile appear in documents published by Mobile Municipal Archives.

This page published in May 2022. Future research could include Mobile Register archives, local municipalities’ archives and other archives held by the Alabama Department of History and Archives.