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Mayor F. L. “Bubba” Copeland

Mayor Copeland

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.

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

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. 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.

To all Citizens:

Smiths Station is not only a city in which I serve as mayor-it is a place that my family and I call home. Since being elected as mayor in 2016, myself and my city administration and council have worked tirelessly to continue our city’s positive growth while maintaining its tight-knit roots, a strong sense of community, and vision for the future.

Smiths Station serves as a central location between the Auburn/Opelika, Phenix City/Columbus areas, and that is catalyzing for our recent uptick in growth. New homes and neighborhoods are being I constructed throughout our city.

We have many quality family-owned businesses to meet everyone’s needs. Our school system is top-notch and equipped to prepare our children for their desired path, whether they choose to immediately start their careers or pursue higher education.

The Smiths Station Sports Complex is a marvelous facility with amenities including an activity center for hosting events, basketball courts, fields for baseball, football, softball, soccer recreational leagues, track, and walking path. Space is a tremendous asset for our community and is a place where we can gather, share, and connect.

These elements combine to help generate interest among companies and industries looking to expand in this part of our state. Later this fall, a new Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores location will open at the intersection of U.S. Highway 280 and 431, which is expected to generate more than $3 million in taxable sales and create 40 full-time jobs. We expect more growth to come to that area shortly.

The Jones Store Museum is nearing completion, which will give both residents and visitors a glimpse into our rich heritage and past. Plans are in the works for additions to City Hall and to make our downtown more accessible and connected than ever before.

My appreciation for the privilege to both serve and live in this area has been deeply enhanced in the wake of the March 3 tornadoes. It reaffirms the belief I have that this collective community we have in Lee County is unbreakable and is willing to do whatever it takes to get each other through even the toughest of circumstances.


F.L. “Bubba” Copeland
Smiths Station Mayor


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