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District 6Bess Rich

Profile Photo of Bess Rich

Married Leonard S. Rich, M. D.
Children Michael Rich and Lauren Danniell
Grandchildren Sanders Daniell and Isabelle Daniell


  • Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • College of Education, Special Education, B. S. degree
  • E.M.R. (K-12) and Elementary Education (K-8)


  • Columbus Public School Teacher
  • Montessori Special Education Pre-School Teacher
  • English as a second language Tutor
  • St. Marks School 2nd Grade Teacher
  • J.C.C. Pre-School Teacher
  • Weinacker's Montessori Pre-School Teacher

Political Experience

  • District 6 City Councilwoman 1993-2001; 2010
  • Chair of Rules Committee 1993-2001
  • Chair of Economic, Cultural & Community Development Committee 1993-2001
  • Chair of City Flag Committee 2000
  • Member of Public Safety Committee 1993-2001
  • Member of Public Services Committee 1993-2001
  • Member of Sign Committee 1993-2001
  • Planning Commission Member 1993-1997, 2014-2015, 2017-Present 
  • Chair of Economic, Cultural & Community Development/Cruise Committee 2010
  • Rules Committee 2010
  • Mobile Area Water & Sewer System Commissioner 2003-2010
  • Secretary MAWSS 2006-2007
  • Vice Chair MAWSS 2008
  • Chair MAWWS 2009
  • Chair of Public Services Committee 2017- Present

Past & Present Volunteer & Civic Experience

  • Ridgefield Homeowners Association 1980-Present
  • Ridgefield Homeowners Association President 2 years
  • Former P.T.A. Member E.R Dickson, Hillsdale, Murphy
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Cottage Hill Playground Committee
  • Citizens for Better Education
  • Arts Patron League
  • Ft. Conde Kiwanis Club
  • University Lions Club Charter Member
  • United Way Planning Council
  • Charter Member USA Women's & Children's Hospital
  • Helping Hands for the Children, President
  • Board of Director's Easter Seals
  • Board of Director's Florence Crittendon Home
  • Board of Director's Pre-School for the Sensory Impaired
  • Leadership Mobile Class
  • Leadership Class Facilitator
  • Mobile Fire Rescue Dept. Citizens Academy President
  • Member of Mobile County Medical Association Alliance
  • Board of Directors Make A Wish Foundation
  • Board of Directors Mobile Regional Senior Community
  • Center Foundation and Vice-Chair
  • American Heart Association Go Red for Woman Luncheon Chairwoman
  • Board of Director's Mercy Medical
  • Member, League of Women Voters and Mobile League of Women Voters
  • Member, Azalea City Republican Women
  • Member, Mobile County Republican Executive Committee
  • Member, Friend of the Mobile Public Library
  • Member, Police Academy Graduate
  • Member, Friend of Police Academy 


  • Friend of Planning Award State of Alabama
  • Bay Area Woman's Association Service Award
  • Service to Mankind Award, Sertoma Club of Mobile
  • Service to Mankind Award, Sertoma Gulf Coast District
  • Winner of Governing Magazine Slogan State of Alabama
  • First Place People's Choice Art Show 2005 Centre 301
  • First Place Juried Eastern Shore Art Show 2007
  • Honorary Member Mobile Firefighters Local 1349
  • Mobile League of Women Voters 'Transparency in Government' Award
  • Nappie for 'Best City Council Member' 2017-2018 

Latest District 6 News

July 7th, 2020
Upcoming City Council Committee Meetings 

Mobile, AL – In the coming weeks, the City Council will hold meetings of the Public Services Committee and...

June 26th, 2020
Special Meeting of the City Council on Police & Community Relations

Mobile, AL – The City Council will hold a special meeting of the full council onThursday, July 9th, at 4:00

June 12th, 2020
Next Tuesday: Administrative Services Committee to Meet 

Mobile, AL – Councilwoman Gina Gregory has announced the Administrative Services Committee will meet nextTuesday,...

June 8th, 2020
City Council Meetings

Mobile, AL – The Mobile City Council will hold their weekly meeting tomorrow at10:30 the auditorium in...

October 17th, 2018
City Council Public Service Committee to Meet Next Monday

Councilwoman Bess Rich announced that the Public Service Committee will meet next Monday, October 22 at 1:00 PM in the...