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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
  • 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

April 3rd, 2017
Public Safety Committee to Meet April 11th

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

March 17th, 2017
News from District 6


March 7th, 2017
District 6 Meeting this Thursday

On Thursday evening, Councilwoman Bess Rich will host a meeting for local residents on the Hillcrest Traffic Access...

March 1st, 2017
Handprint Tile Event this Saturday

Councilwoman Bess Rich will hold an event this Saturday, March 4th to give children the opportunity to make handprint...

September 13th, 2016
One-of-a-Kind Playground Coming to Medal of Honor Park

The City Council today took up a proposal by Councilmember Bess Rich that will provide for a major rehabilitation and...

August 3rd, 2016
Major Renovation Coming to Medal of Honor Park Playground

August 3, 2016 Major Renovation Coming to Medal of Honor Park Playground City/County Partnership Bringing...