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Mayor's Biography

Gary R. Richardson
725 Bessemer Super Hwy
Midfield, AL 35228
205-923-7578 (Office)

Gary Richardson

Master of Education in Technical Education,
Alabama A&M University
Normal, AL
Bachelor of Business Administration, Faulkner University
Montgomery, AL

Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology
Excelsior College
Albany, NY

Associate in Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology
Jefferson State Community College
Birmingham, AL
Associate in Applied Science in Mass Communications
Jefferson State Community College
Birmingham, AL


Alabama Class A Professional Teacher’s Certificate

Level 5 Career Technical Teacher’s Certificate

Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer (SBE)

Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (SBE)

Master Technician AM/FM (NARTE)

Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman (ISCET)

FCC General Radio/Telephone Operator’s License w/ Radar

Ham Radio Operator License, Amateur Extra Class (WB4GR)


Jefferson County Mayors Association

West Jefferson Mayors Association

Association for Career and Technical Education

Alabama Educational Technology Association

National Education Association

Alabama Education Association

National Association of Broadcasters

Alabama Broadcasters Association

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Society of Broadcast Engineers (Senior Member)

National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers

International Society of Certified Electronic Technicians


Owner/General Manager, Chief Engineer - WJLD AM 1400
Since 1987

General Manager, Chief Engineer, WJLD AM 1400
1985 - 1987

Contract Broadcast Engineer since 1984

Bessemer City Schools
Electronics Instructor (12/1994 – 02/2005)

Bessemer City Schools
System Technology Coordinator, (02/2005-present)

Mayor, City Of Midfield, Alabama since 10/04



Vice President Jefferson County Mayors Association

Past President Midfield Neighborhood Association Inc.

President Midfield Voters League

Chairman Advisory Board, Broadcasting Program, Jefferson State Community College

Chairman Zoning and Planning Board, Midfield

Vice Chairman Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity

Commissioner Red Mountain Park

Commissioner Railroad Reservation Park



Faith Chapel Christian Center



1987 - At age 30, became one of America’s youngest radio station owners

1989 - Named to “Top 40 under 40” by Birmingham Business Journal

1990 - Named to “Top 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame” by Birmingham Business Journal

1999 - Named to Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid’s Transition team

2002 - “Communication Leadership Award” by Toastmasters International

2003 – “Media Pioneer Award” by The United Negro College Fund

2003 – “Broadcast Digital Pioneer Award” by Ibiquity Digital Corp.

2004 – Elected Mayor - The City Of Midfield, Alabama

2004 – “Leadership Awards, Proclamations, and/or Resolutions from Congressman Artur Davis, The Alabama State Senate, The Alabama House of Representatives, The Jefferson County Commission, The cities of Bessemer, Birmingham, Fairfield, and Midfield.

2006 – A.G. Gaston Green Power 10, Entrepreneur Award

2007 – Finalist, Small Businessman of the year by the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce



Married: Wife - Willamena
Children: Gary Jr., April, Jon, Gavette, Alexis, and Austin

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