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Mayor Baker

David Baker

Mayor of Semmes, AL

    • President, Mobile County Municipal Association – October 2015 – present
    • City Councilman, Place One, City of Semmes, Alabama 2011-present
    • Chairman, Special Events Committee, City of Semmes 2011-present
    • Chairman, Emergency Preparedness Committee, City of Semmes – 2012-2014
    • High School Teacher, 2003-present
    • United Stated Army Officer, Retired after 20 years of Honorable Service, Expertise in Logistics Management
    • Graduate of University of South Alabama, Graduate Degree in Public Administration

Howard Smith

Council Member Place 2 - Mayor Pro Tempore

        Married to Linda Mozley Smith, Home Maker-Teacher-Bookkeeper, living on our small farm in Semmes; four sons: John, a Master Carpenter/OTR driver- USAF vet-Constitutional Law advocate; Dan, an Architect (Turquoise Place)-church musician-USARMY vet; Howard, an Aeronautical Engineer (F-22)-church musician; Marshall, a software developer-pianist-ministry leader-pilot- community leader; and daughter, Dorothy, the Acquisitions Librarian at SWBT Seminary in Forth Worth, Texas.

          Resident of Semmes for 28 years. Member of Moffett Road Baptist Church. Active, along with Linda, in the campaign to fend off the Mobile takeover of the Semmes Community. Active, along with son Marshall, in the door-to-door campaign to obtain annexations for the Incorporation of Semmes. A member of the Semmes City Council, 2013 to the present.

          A vast career in broadcasting:

    • Broadcaster, Broadcast Engineer 1955 to present.
    • Transmitted first color TV remote in the Rocky Mountains.
    • Technical Director for first state-wide origination from U of A over Alabama
    • ETV Net
      Chief Engineer, Radio and TV Department, U of A, 1956-63.
    • BA Degree Broadcasting and Business Administration, 1959, U of A.
    • Instructor in TV Production and Radio Station Management, 1959-63, U of A.
    • USAF Reserve, 1960-66, Bypass Specialist in radio communications and navaids.
    • Built and operated WLPR-96FM, pioneering Full-Service Stereo Broadcasting in the Mobile area, 1964-1970.
    • Broadcast Officer, Mobile County Civil Defense, 1965 – 1970,
      instituting Emergency Weather Radio-TV Hotline System for South Alabama.
    • Chairman, Mayor’s Airport Advisory Committee, which saved Brookley Field from destruction, 1969-70.
    • Director of Engineering, Sunflower Television, Wichita, Kansas 1971
    • Broadcast Engineer for Turner Chan 17, WTCG/WTBS Atlanta 1972-74
    • Television Engineer National Medical Audiovisual Center, 1975-1979
    • Manager, Television Production Center, Georgia Power, Atlanta 1980
    • Chief Engineer for Christian Broadcast Network –Chan 46 Atlanta 1981-86
    • Director of Engineering for Mobile-based Sonlight Televison Network, building TV stations in Memphis, Nashville, Montgomery, Chattanooga, and Mobile 1992-95
    • Instructor in Telecommunications and Broadcasting, University of Mobile 1994-96
    • Board Member and President Alabama Christian Home Educators 1994-2001
    • Writer, as “Your Old Dutch Uncle,” on the website, 1998-2001.
    • Board Member, Light For Living.
    • Member, Gideons International.
    • FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operator, W4YHS, 1952 – present.
    • FCC commercial license 1954 – present. 

Charlie Watts

Council Member Place 1

        Charles (Charlie) Watts has lived in Semmes for thirteen years.  He is widowed & has two children, David Watts & Suzanne Roberts, & six grandchildren. Mr. Watts pastors a small group at Seven Hills Baptist.  He enjoys his family &  is proud to serve as a council member.

Lawrence Webb

Council Member Place 3

        Lawrence Webb, a resident of Semmes for 45 years, has served on the Semmes City Council since 2012. His distinguished military service included serving overseas in the U.S. Army in South Korea from 1954-56 and then returning to the U.S., he finished his military career at the Pentagon as a staff sergeant.

          Lawrence married Sherry Barnett and the two moved to Mobile, where he worked in the Mobile County Tax Assessors office first as an Assistant Court Clerk and then as the Court Clerk for the City of Prichard. In 1967, he joined the Prichard City Police Force, serving both as a patrol officer and a motorcycle escort during his tenure as a police officer. He was named Policeman of the Year for the City of Prichard in 1969. In 1971, Lawrence started a local business in Semmes, Webb Electric and Greenhouse Construction. He quickly earned the respect of local and regional nurserymen from Florida to Texas who came to depend on his skills and expertise in the construction of greenhouse structures.

          A member and Deacon at Semmes First Baptist, his church activities include helping take care of the grounds and pastoral residence, completing required repairs. He also aids church elders and takes part in visitation. Lawrence has assisted with both local Boy Scout troops and served as Vice President of the Gideons International West Camp, of which he is a 25 year member. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Mission of Hope.

          A tireless public servant, Lawrence was instrumental in obtaining a large percentage of the original annexations for the incorporation of Semmes, going door to door to obtain signatures. Known in the community for his tireless work ethic and generous Christian heart, Lawrence continues to work fervently for the City of Semmes as a City Councilman.

          Lawrence has one daughter, Cheryl Evans, three grandchildren: Amanda Hecker, Carrie Ellisor, and the late Timothy Mayo; six great-grandchildren: Jameson, Grant, Vivi, and Clara Nell Hecker, Addy and Luke Dasinger.

Terry Platt

Council Member Place 4

          Born in Mobile, Alabama, Terry grew up in the boating/marine environment working waterfronts from Galveston, Texas to Key Largo, Florida as a commercial mariner and stevedore. As as a young adult, he began a seafaring career as Ordinary Seaman eventually becoming Master Mariner in the United States Merchant Marine engaged in commerce and transportation of goods and services in and out of the United States to ports in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

          He worked as a law enforcement officer for several law enforcement agencies including the Panama City Police Department and Florida Marine Patrol and worked as a self-employed private investigator and research analyst for almost two decades.

          He has a A.A. degree in Electronics Technology, B.A. degree in Business Administration and Computer Programming. He also holds a Federal Communications Commission Extra class license.

          He is a bestselling Amazon author specializing in online research and investigations. He has self-published twelve titles.

Lee Lawshe

Lee Lawshe

Council Member Place 5

          Lee Lawshe has resided in Semmes for 44 years. He was recently selected to fulfill the remainder of Mr. Shirey’s term as councilman.

          Mr. Lawshe is married to Rawleen, & they have 4 children, Lee, Jr., Marty, Connie & Eric.  Their family also includes 10 grandchildren & 6 great-grandchildren.  Mr. Lawshe continues to be self-employed as a carpenter in general construction. He enjoys spending time with family & lists hunting as one of his hobbies.  On Sunday you can generally find him at Semmes First Baptist Church.

The City of Semmes

Phone: (251) 649-8811

Fax: (251) 649-7711

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1757, Semmes, AL 36575

City Hall Address: 7875 Moffett Road, Suite F, Semmes, AL 36575

Office Hours: Monday – Friday | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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