Office of the Mayor
The City of Cullman operates under a Mayor-Council form of government consisting of a Mayor and a five-member City Council. Each are elected by popular vote to serve concurrent four-year terms. Elections for Mayor and City Council are held every four years in August.
The Mayor is the most visible of the City’s elected officials and is held publicly accountable for the performance of City services and City government. The Mayor serves full-time as the executive officer, or administrative head, of the City. Responsible for the general management of the City, the Mayor exercises administrative supervision and control over all departments and performs other duties related to the management of services and departments including:
- Enforcing laws and ordinances.
- Exercising administrative supervision over all departments.
- Preparing and submitting annual budgets to the City Council.
- Communicating with the City Council on financial conditions and needs.
- Recommending actions to the City Council.
- Hiring new employees and terminating employment.
- Negotiating all contracts for the City of Cullman.
- Presenting proclamations and other awards.
- Cutting ribbons and breaking ground for new businesses.
To request an appointment with the Mayor, please send an email or call 256-775-7102.
About Mayor Woody Jacobs
Woody Jacobs was born and raised in Cullman County. His father, Woodrow, owned a small accounting firm and his mother, Dean, served as Cullman County Clerk for a number of years. After graduating from Cullman High School, he attended Cullman College at Sacred Heart, and then went on to earn an accounting degree from the University of Alabama.
Upon graduation from the University of Alabama, Woody returned to Cullman and joined his family business as an accountant, where he specialized in helping small businesses with tax preparation. After working eighteen years in the accounting field, Woody made a career change and joined building contractor Eidson & Associates, where he spent twenty years supervising commercial construction projects. He retired from Eidson & Associates in 2016.
Throughout his life, Woody has given back to the community he loves. He served as Cullman City Council President for eight years, from 2000-2008. He has also served as president of the local American Red Cross, president of the Cullman County Fair Association, treasurer of the Cullman Lions Club, and president of the Cullman Parks & Recreation Board. Currently, Woody serves as a deacon at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church, board member of the Fixed Point Foundation, and coach for the Miracle League Braves.
Woody is happily married to Connie Marie (nee Voigt) Jacobs and is the proud father of son Tyler and daughter Hannah.
Mayors of the City of Cullman
TERM OF OFFICE = 1 YEAR
1st Mayor | 1874-1874 | Fred Betz
2nd Mayor | 1874-1875 | Thomas C. Wilhite
3rd Mayor | 1875-1876 | Charles A. Beckert
4th Mayor | 1876-1877 | Gottfried A. Prinz (1st of 2 Split Terms)
5th Mayor | 1877-1878 | John Langhoff
6th Mayor | 1878-1879 | Gottfried A. Prinz (2nd of 2 Split Terms)
7th Mayor | 1879-1879 | Julius Damus (Resigned to become Circuit Clerk)
8th Mayor | 1879-1880 | Asa Brindley Hays
9th Mayor | 1880-1881 | N. Mashina
10th Mayor | 1881-1882 | John Eisheimer
11th Mayor | 1882-1885 | H.L. Watlington
12th Mayor | 1885-1886 | Charles Plato
13th Mayor | 1886-1887 | G.P. Fruhauff
14th Mayor | 1887-1889 | Samuel H. Herrin
TERM OF OFFICE CHANGED TO 2 YEARS IN 1890
15th Mayor | 1889-1896 | George H. Parker (1st of 2 Split Terms)
16th Mayor | 1896-1900 | John F. Beyer
TERM OF OFFICE CHANGED TO 4 YEARS IN 1900
17th Mayor | 1900-1903 | George H. Parker (2nd of 2 Split Terms)
18th Mayor | 1903-1910 | George J. Beyer
19th Mayor | 1910-1932 | Maurice Lindon Robertson
20th Mayor | 1932-1948 | John A. Dunlap
21st Mayor | 1948-1956 | William J. Nesmith (1st of 2 Split Terms)
22nd Mayor | 1956-1960 | J.W. Arnold
23rd Mayor | 1960-1964 | William R. Griffin
24th Mayor | 1964-1976 | William J. Nesmith (2nd of 2 Split Terms)
25th Mayor | 1976-1984 | Robert McGukin
26th Mayor | 1984-1988 | Jack K. Sides (1st of 2 Split Terms)
27th Mayor | 1988-1992 | Therman Murphree
28th Mayor | 1992-2000 | Jack K. Sides (2nd of 2 Split Terms)
29th Mayor | 2000-2008 | Donald E. Green
30th Mayor | 2008-2016 | Max A. Townson
31st Mayor | 2016-Present | Woody Jacobs