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District 6Bess Rich

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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
  • Chair of Economic, Cultural & Community Development/Cruise Committee 2010
  • Rules Committee 2010
  • Mobile Area Water & Sewer System Commissioner 2003-2010
  • Secretary 2006-2007
  • Vice Chair 2008
  • Chair 2009

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


  • 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

Latest District 6 News

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...

October 24th, 2017
Carriage Hills Neighborhood Association to Meet on Public Safety

This Thursday, October 26th at 6:30 PM, the Carriage Hills Neighborhood Association will meet to discuss and address...

October 11th, 2017
Police Citizens Advisory Council to Hold Meeting in District 6

The Police Citizens Community Relations Advisory Council will meet on Thursday, October 19th at 5:30 pm at the Connie...

September 13th, 2017
Bell Ringing to Celebrate Signing of the Constitution

At yesterday’s City Council Meeting, Councilwoman Bess Rich presented a proclamation to Olive J. Dodge Elementary...

July 12th, 2017
Grand Opening of Playground Express this Saturday

Playground Express, the new one-of-a-kind playground at the Medal of Honor Park, will open this Saturday, July 15th at...

June 22nd, 2017
Public Safety Committee to Meet on July 18th

Council Member Bess Rich, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, has announced the committee will meet Tuesday, July 18th...

June 13th, 2017
Thursday: Councilwoman Bess Rich to Hold District Wide Community Meeting

Councilwoman Bess Rich will hold a Community Meeting this Thursday, June 15th for citizens of District 6. The meeting...

June 12th, 2017
Public Safety Committee to Meet on June 20th

Council Member Bess Rich, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, announced today that the committee will meet Tuesday,...