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City of Smiths Station


The City of Smiths Station operates under a Mayor-City Council form of government.  Municipal elections are held every four years.  Council members serve at large by place.  The Smiths Station Mayor position is part-time and serves as the chief administrative officer.


F.L. ''Bubba'' Copeland

Copeland has called the Smiths Station area his home for most of his life. He attended Smiths Station High School and obtained a hotel and restaurant management degree from Auburn University. He served on the Lee County Board of Education for 11 years before becoming Mayor in 2016. In addition to serving as Mayor, Copeland owns and operates The Country Market in Salem and pastors at First Baptist Church of Phenix City.

Place 1

George Stringer

George was born and raised in Smiths Station and graduated from Wacoochee High School. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in education from Alabama State University, George taught in Russell County, then returned to Smiths Station, becoming the high school’s first African American educator. He spent 27 years at the school before his retirement in 1996. He is one of the original Smiths Station City Council members.

Place 2

Morris Jackson

Morris has called Smiths Station home for most of his life. A graduate of Wacoochee High School, he went on to serve for four years in the U.S. Army, including a one-year deployment to Vietnam. He went on to work for 42 years with Georgia Power and retired from the company in 2008. Morris was heavily involved in Smiths Station’s incorporation efforts and is one of the original Smiths Station City Council members.

Place 3

Steve Lansdon

Steve is a Smiths Station native and worked for 37 years at Southeastern Freight Lines, where he was a regional fleet service manager. He currently works part-time for Penske Truck Rental. Steve and his wife Susan have been married for more than 47 years.


Place 4

Richard Cooley

Richard has called Smiths Station home for more than 60 years and is a 1965 graduate of Smiths Station High School. He later joined the U.S. Air Force and served a tour in Vietnam. With degrees from Auburn and Troy universities, Richard spent 27 years in education as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He was one of the leaders of Smiths Station’s incorporation efforts and has served on the Smiths Station City Council since 2004.

Place 5

Victoria Green

Born and raised in Phenix City, Victoria graduated from Central High School and obtained a business-oriented degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Troy University-Phenix City. She has worked at TSYS for the last 25 years. Victoria and her family are Smiths Station Baptist Church members and are active volunteers in the church’s Upward Basketball ministry.

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