Mayor's Office


  • Craig Ford, Mayor
  • Brett Johnson, Chief of Staff
  • Britnee Perkins, Executive Assistant to the Mayor
  • John Moore, Director of Economic Development and Governmental Affairs
  • Ruth Moffatt, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Tena King, Director of City Services
  • Melcie Guyton, Secretary to the Mayor's Office
Mayor Craig Ford

The Mayor's Background

Craig Ford was elected mayor of Gadsden in 2022.

He was born and raised in Gadsden and is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in marketing and research.

Mayor Ford has owned two small businesses in Gadsden for over 20 years, employing 20 people. The Messenger is Gadsden's locally owned, good-news newspaper focusing on the community. Ford Insurance Agency is one of the oldest independent insurance agencies in North Alabama.

Previously, Mayor Ford served 18 years in the Alabama House of Representatives. He is a major in the U.S. Army and currently commands the training facilities at Fort McClellan in Anniston. 

Mayor Ford serves on the board of directors for the Alabama League of Municipalities and is a founding member of Etowah C.A.R.E.S.

He is married to Gwen, a postsecondary educator. Together, they have two children, Wells and Jonathan. They also have two very spoiled dogs, Dollar and Volley. 

Mayor Ford enjoys the gym, the lake, and spending time with family and friends in his free time.