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Office of Mayor Max A. Townson

Office of Mayor Max A. Townson

Mayor Max A. Townson


Mayor Townson addressing
Cullman Primary School students.

1874: Fred Betz
1874-75: Thomas C. Wilhite
1875-76: Charles A. Beckert
1876-77: G.A. Prinz
1877-78: John Langhoff
1879: Julius Damas
1879-80: Asa A. Hays
1880-81: N. Mashino
1881-82: John Elshumer
1882-85: H.L. Watlington
1885-86: Charles Plato
1886-87: G.P. Fruaff
1887-89: S.H. Herrin
1900-03: George H. Parker

1903-10: George J. Beyer
1910-32: M.L. Robertson
1932-48: J.A. Dunlap
1948-56: W.J. Nesmith
1956-60: J.W. Arnold
1960-64: William R. Griffin
1964-76: W.J. Nesmith
1976-84: Robert McGukin
1984-88: Jack K. Sides
1988-92: Therman Murphree
1992-2000: Jack K. Sides
2000-2008: Donald E. Green
2008-Present: Max A. Townson

Office Address
204 2nd Avenue NE
Cullman, AL
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 278
Cullman, AL
Phone: (256) 775-7102
Fax: (256) 775-7132
Leanne H. West
(256) 775-7102

The Mayor provides leadership, coordination and administration of city affairs. The Mayor serves as the Executive Officer of the City of Cullman and is responsible for the management of the city. The Mayor is the most visible of the city's elected officials and is held publicly accountable for the performance of city government.

 Some of the Mayor's duties include:

Enforcing all laws and ordinances.

Exercising administrative supervision and control over all departments.

Preparing and submitting annual budgets to the City Council.

Communicating with the City Council on the City's financial conditions and needs.

Recommending actions to the City Council.

Hiring and terminating employees of the City.

Negotiating all contracts for the City of Cullman.

Mayor Townson graduated from Cullman High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from St. Bernard College. In 1962 Mayor Townson joined the United States Air Force where he served his country for four years. He has been a member of St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church since 1981.

Mayor Townson’s background as a teacher and coach includes teaching history at West Point High School and coaching West Point’s Junior High Football team to their first County Championship in 1970.

In 1973 Mayor Townson entered the business world with Meyer Laboratories as a pharmaceutical salesman. After Meyer was bought by Glaxo Pharmaceutical he continued his career in pharmaceuticals sales until he was elected to the office of Mayor of the City of Cullman in 2008.

Awards and achievements received during Mayor Townson’s tenure in pharmaceuticals sales include the following:

Excellence in Marketing Award

Sales Achievement Award

Xerox Professional Selling Skills III

Five time "Representative of the Quarter"

Three time President's Club member for outstanding sales

Executive Sales Representative

Sales Trainer

Senior Representative


Mayor Townson has been an active member of our community for many years. Below is a summary of his involvement in community affairs:


Member of St. John's Evangelical Protestant Church

Two-term Member of St. John's Church Council

President of St. John's Church Council, 2004-2006

Cullman City Board of Education, 1992-1995

Pilot House Board of Directors, 2003-2008

Christmas Love

Coached Youth Basketball

Patriotic Service to his Community . . . Reciting the "Ragged Old Flag" at Various Meetings & Events


Mayor Townson is married to the former Kay Locke of Huntsville, Alabama. He and his wife have two children, daughter Kim Hall (Mark Hall) and son Matt Townson (Melanie Waters). They also have five grandchildren, Landry Hall, Hadley Hall, Lanie Townson, Max Townson, and Addie Reese Townson.
When Mayor Townson took office, he redesigned the city logo. The new logo is full-color and features crossed flags – the U.S. flag and the Alabama state flag. At the bottom are the words “City of Cullman: A City of Character.” This new logo honors the memory of our founder, Col. Cullmann, by incorporating the old logo. But it also demonstrates our allegiance to the U.S. and the State of Alabama through the crossed flags.  CLICK ON THE SEAL TO VIEW A LARGER DETAILED VERSION.
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204 2nd Avenue NE
Cullman, AL  35055
PHONE: (256) 775-7109
P.O. Box 278
Cullman, AL  35056-0278
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