City Government

City Hall is the center of all Smiths Station government-related activities. It houses the Mayor’s Office, The Planning and Zoning Department, Finance, Solid Waste, and Storm Water Management.  City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM Eastern Time in the Council Chambers. Work Sessions begin at 5:30 PM prior to the regular meeting. Planning Commission meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.

Work Sessions begin at 6:30 prior to the regular meeting. The Zoning Board of Adjustment meets the first Monday of February, May, August, and November at 6:00 Eastern Time. City offices are open M-F, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Eastern Time.

Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland

Honest, Dedicated, Hardworking, Family Christian Man

Mayor Copeland is a lifelong resident of Smiths Station. He graduated in 1992 from Smiths Station High School where he also played football under Coach Moose Godwin.  After high school, he went on to attended College.

Prior to becoming mayor on November 7, 2016, Mayor Copeland served on the Lee County Board of Education for eleven years.

Mayor Copeland

Mayor Copeland

During the time he spent on the school board he was instrumental in the restructuring of the schools to create neighborhood schools.  As a result, the amount of money that was saved on fuel; the school board was able to break the ground for the new Smiths Station High School. In 2016, the graduation rate was up from seventy percent to ninety percent.

Mayor Copeland is an ordained minister and serves as a youth minister at First Baptist Church in Phenix City, Alabama. He also owns and operates the Country Market in Salem, Alabama while raising his son Carter.


City Clerk: Scott Johnston

City Clerk Scott Johnston

City Clerk Scott Johnston

City Planning Administrator & Communications Director: Lisa Deason

Administrative Clerk: Diane Stein

Receptionist: Donna Harrell

Receptionist: Susan Lansdon


Officer: Ed Adams


Parks and Recreation Director: Michael Jones


Finance Officer: Shelby Branton

Finance Specialist: Brenda Dockery


Environmental Clerk: Fran Remington 


Brenda Allen


Morris Jackson

Richard Cooley

Dick Key, Chairman

James Moody

George Stringer

Richard Cooley, Chairman

George Stringer, Jr.

Dick Key

Shelby Branton

Morris Jackson, Chairman

James Moody

Shelby Branton

Lisa Deason

George Stringer, Jr., Chairman

Dick Key

James Moody

Michael Jones


Carolyn Pinkney, Chairperson

Darold Idland, Vice-Chairman

Dick Key

Lisa Deason

Kathy Rowell

Richard Terry

William Spear

Jeff Bright

Mike Kane



Mike Green, Chairman

Byron Weeks, Vice Chairman

Charles Shaw, Secretary

Sean Ward

Steve Stainsby

Sharon Quarles

Our History

Smiths Station, one of the most thriving and fastest growing communities in Lee County, was settled in 1826. In 1845 the Central of Georgia Railroad was built through the community from Columbus, GA to Opelika, Alabama.

The depot was named for Mr. Broadus Smith, a prominent early settler who lived near by.

When the first school was built is not exactly known, however, we do know that a one-room wooden structure

Smiths Depot - 1944

Smith’s Depot at what is now known as Smiths Station, Alabama – 1944

was located one half mile west of the depot prior to 1913. A few years after the establishment of the school, Dr. O.D. Smith, whose relationship to Broadus Smith is unknown, moved to the community from the Green Mountain section of Vermont. Dr. Smith served as a teacher and Principal (lead teacher) at the school in Smiths Station.

In 1873, Dr. Smith was elected Professor of Mathematics at Auburn College, later to become Auburn Polytechnical Institute, then finally Auburn University.

In 1902, after the death of Dr. Brown, Dr. Smith was elected President of Auburn College. At the conclusion of his term, his son-in-law, Dr. C. C. Thach was elected to succeed him as President of the college.

Lee County’s newest city was incorporated in 2001, and is located on Highway 280 / 431 between Opelika and Phenix City.

City Council

The Smiths Station City Council are elected by the citizens of Smiths Station and serve a four year term and serves as an ambassador for the City.

Upcoming Events

  1. City Council Meeting

    July 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. Planning Commission meeting

    August 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. Zoning Board Meeting

    August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
George Stringer Jr
George Stringer Jr

City Council - Place 1

Richard Cooley
Richard Cooley

City Council - Place 4

Morris Jackson
Morris Jackson

City Council - Place 2

Richard “Dick” Key
Richard “Dick” Key

City Council - Place 5

James T Moody
James T Moody

City Council - Place 3