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Kenneth E. Gulley is serving in his fourth term as Mayor of Bessemer.

Gulley was first elected to office in 2010 and was re-elected in August 2014, August 2018, and August 2022. The four-term mayor has set about an agenda to make the city of Bessemer a force in the state economically and a place its residents can be proud to call home.
In his four terms in office, Gulley’s administration has made several significant accomplishments. Among them:

  • Improved city finances by taking the city from millions in debt to a budget surplus.

  • Established a business-friendly administration, which has resulted in the recruitment of more business and industry to Bessemer. About 7000 jobs have been created in the city during his administration.

  • Improved the staffing levels and technology at the Bessemer Police Department to combat crime, resulting in a dramatic drop in the city’s overall crime rate.

  • Created a unified working relationship between the Mayor and the Council.

  • Created transparency in city government.

  • Constructed the city’s first Recreation Center in 2016 and a new City Hall in 2017.

  • Purchased new equipment to replace worn equipment across all city departments.

  • Invested in the city’s parks and recreation amenities, including the city’s first-ever “Rail-Trail.

  • Secured funding to improve the city’s aging infrastructure. His administration has also worked feverishly to make sure city employees are compensated among the best in Jefferson County.

Gulley is married to the former Yvonne Whitely. The couple has two children.