Mayor: Tab Bowling
A Letter from the Mayor
Welcome to the City of Decatur.
This grand city on a charming scale has much to offer residents, visitors, and the businesses and industries that call Decatur home. A diverse economic base, quality schools, safe neighborhoods, and active community organizations combine to keep Decatur growing and thriving.
Decatur's vibrant arts and entertainment district downtown showcases art and performance venues – including the Alabama Center for the Arts, historic Princess Theatre, and Carnegie Visual Arts Center; unique shopping and dining experiences; plus family friendly monthly community events. Major centers around Decatur feature favorite national stores as well as home-owned specialty shops and boutiques. From fine dining to well-known favorites to casual delis, dining options abound. And, we're home to the world champion Big Bob Gibson's Barbeque.
We work hard and we like to play hard, too. Decatur has 27 city parks and 17 playgrounds. Plus, our location on the Tennessee River lets you be on the water to fish or boat in minutes. We encourage outdoor activities in many ways, including our ever-expanding bike trail, Point Mallard Park, Delano Park and Rose Garden, Riverwild Children's Garden, Wilson Morgan Park, Jack Allen Soccer Complex, and Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.
What makes this community unique is the Southern hospitality and giving spirit found in the hearts of Decatur residents. It is why so many make Decatur their home and why visitors return again and again.
We welcome your suggestions and hope you will contact any of our officials or department heads at any time. We are here to help you.
The Mayor's Office is located on the 6th floor of the City Hall Tower at 402 Lee St. NE, 35601. Business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office mailing address is PO Box 488, Decatur, AL, 35602.
- Housing Authority Board
- Industrial Development Authority
- Industrial Development Board
- NARCOG (No. ALA Reg. Council of Governments)
- Planning Commission
- Decatur-Morgan County Port Authority
Tours of City Hall Facilities
Tours are scheduled upon request. Arrangements may be made by contacting the Mayor's Office. Police Department tours are also available and may be requested through the Mayor's Office.
Reserving 7th Floor Meeting Room - City Hall
The 7th floor Conference Room in the City Hall Tower is available for public meetings. Reservations are taken on a first-come basis and are available to any non-profit group that does not conflict with City regulations.
The seating capacity is approximately 50 people for the Conference Room and is available Monday - Friday 8 a.m. -
All appointments to boards of the City are made by the City Council with the exception of the Planning Commission, Housing Authority, and one appointment to the Board of Appeals for Construction Industries. These appointments are made by the Mayor. Visit the volunteer and board opportunities section for more information.
Reference: State Law Adopted by City of Decatur, State of Alabama
Inquiries Regarding City Services
Inquiries regarding city services made to the Mayor’s Office are referred to the proper City department.
Reference: Ordinance No. 2271, Section 2-14, Code of Decatur