Personal Fact Sheet
Commissioner Stephens is a lifelong resident of District 3, a Mason (Flinthill #810 and Birmingham Scottish Rites) as well as a lifelong member of Canaan Baptist Church. He is married and the father of one child, Matthew. Among his hobbies, he enjoys flying and hunting.
Commissioner Stephens grew up just South of Bessemer and attended Bessemer High School and Samford University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 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.
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.
Commissioner Stephens is a former Bessemer City Councilor, 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. Commissioner Stephens has also served on the Legacy YMCA Board of Directors.
I believe that sound business principles should be applied to the governmental decision-making process. An open line of communication between the citizens and their elected representative is essential to good government, for it should reflect the needs of the people.