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District 3
Chairman of Finance Committee
Robert AveryRobert Avery is serving his sixth term on Gadsden City Council. He served from 1986 to 2002, and again from 2006 to 2014.
Chairman Avery is an advanced CMO (Certified Municipal Official) and he retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company after 30 years service.

  • 1967 graduate of Carver High School
  • Attended Gadsden State Community College

Biographical Information
  • Married to Jan Avery
  • Daughter, Kimberly Avery-Rollins
  • Son, Robert (Bobby) Avery, Jr.
  • Grandchildren: Avery and J’Una Rollins, Robert Avery, III, Samantha, and McKalah

  • Alabama Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (past president)
  • Alabama League of Municipalities (member of FAIR Committee; member of Executive Committee)
  • Alabama New South Coalition, Inc. (past state president)
  • Alabama Reinvestment Act Board (vice president)
  • Association of Community Development Corporations of Alabama (past president)
  • Campaign for a New South
  • Etowah County Chapter of SCLC
  • Etowah County Community Services Agency (board member, past chair)
  • Hope Unity Board
  • Member of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church
  • National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (board member)
  • National League of Cities (chair of FAIR Committee)
  • Vision, Inc. (chief executive officer)

Past Affiliations
  • 21st Century Leadership, Inc. (vice president of board)
  • Alabama A & M University Board of Trustees
  • ANCHOR / RSVP Board of Directors
  • Etowah County Extension Service (vice president)
  • Etowah County Extension Services (board member)
  • Etowah County Soccer Association (commissioner, Under 8 League and coach)
  • Etowah County Summer Food Program (director for many years)
  • Gadsden Community Services Council (board member)
  • Gadsden High School, Band Booster and Athletic Booster Club
  • Gadsden Saints Football Team (Booster Club president)
  • Gadsden Tenant Association
  • Gadsden Tennis Patrons Association (vice president)
  • Gadsden, Alabama, and National Jaycees (5 years on State Executive Committee)
  • Leadership Alabama, Class XXI
  • March of Dimes (vice president of board)
  • Mount Pilgrim Homes, Inc. (president of board)
  • The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta Housing Advisory Committee