Biography

Background
Commissioner Stephens is a lifelong resident of District 3, a lifelong member of Canaan Baptist Church as well as a Mason (Flinthill #810 and Birmingham Scottish Rites). He is married to his wife Mona and they have three children. Among his hobbies, he enjoys flying, hunting, and Alabama Football.

Education
Commissioner Stephens grew up just south of Bessemer and attended Bessemer High School and Samford University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration in 1975. He is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, Professional Business Fraternity, Pi Gamma Mu, Social Science Honor Society and Pi Kappa Phi, Social Fraternity.

Business Experience
Commissioner Stephens’ business experience includes, Assistant Director of Meat Operations and Director of Retail Development, Associated Grocers of Alabama, Past President, Food Centers, Inc. Past Member Board of Directors, Associated Grocers of Alabama, Past Owner of Jimmies Food Center and President, Stephens and Son Enterprises.

Civic Experience
Commissioner Stephens is a former Bessemer City Council member, past chairman of the Bessemer Board of zoning adjustments, past chairman of the Bessemer airport authority, past chairman of the Bessemer commercial development authority and chairman of Exit 108 commercial development district and served on the Legacy YMCA board of directors. Commissioner Stephens is also active in the Western Area Republican Club, and serves on the Jefferson County Republican Party’s Executive Committee. Commissioner Stephens also serves on the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center Authority Board of Directors, Jefferson County Department of Health Board, Birmingham Business Alliance Executive Board and the Rotary Club of Birmingham.