District 4

District Four Council Member

Robert Echols, Chairman of General Administration Committee, has served on the city council since October, 1986.


  • Retired from Life Insurance Company of Alabama (Executive vice president)


  • Graduated from Gadsden High School
  • Attended Snead State Junior College
  • Attended University of Alabama-Gadsden Center

Biographical Information

  • Wife - Betty (Spann) Echols
  • Three daughters: Sherry Bridges (Librarian, Eura Brown Elementary School), Nancy Johnson (Reading Specialist, Decatur Elementary School, Decatur, AL), Ann Messner (Accountant, Parochial School, Madison, MS)
  • One grandchild: Ellen Bridges (Registered Nurse, Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY)


  • Chairman, Water Works and Sewer Board (member since 1976)
  • Co-Founder and Past President, Downtown Action Council
  • Past Chairman of Board, First United Methodist Church
  • Past President, Family Success Center
  • Past President, Rotary Club
  • Past President, The Chamber