District 4

Kent Back - Council President

Kent Back is serving in his second term on the City Council.  He chairs the Intergovernmental Committee, is Vice Chair of the Finance Committee, and is a member of the Community Development Committee.  He is a current member of the Information Technology & Communication Committee, and a past member of the Finance, Administration & Intergovernmental Relations Committee, and the Community & Economic Development Committee of the National League of Cities.  Kent has earned the designation of Certified Municipal Official and graduated in the inaugural class of the Alabama League of Municipalities’ Economic Development Academy. 

Married to Kimberly Back, kindergarten teacher in the Gadsden City School system.
Two children:  Allen Back, his wife Celeste, and granddaughter Meredith; Kirkland Back, her husband Morgan Cunningham, and grandson Eris.
Sister, Shenley Inglis, of Jacksonville, AL, and brother, Keith Back, of Gadsden.

Employment History

  • President of Bowman and Back, Inc. 2012 – present
  • President of National Tax Credit, Inc. 2011 - 2012
  • Vice President, TaxBreak, LLC 2000 – 2012
  • President, Health Claims Consulting, Inc. 1997 – 2000
  • Insurance Agent, Weaver Insurance, 1992-1997
  • Sales and Marketing, Corporate Pharmacy Services, Inc. 1990 – 1992
  • Account Representative, National Consensus, Inc. 1990 – 1992
  • Owner, Yogurt & Co. of Boaz and Albertville, 1988 – 1991
  • Finance & Insurance Manager, Pierson Chevrolet, 1985 - 1990
  • Sales & Marketing, Mountain View Hospital, 1984 - 1985
  • Account Representative, Creative Display, 1983 – 1984


  • Gadsden High School 1977
  • Auburn University, B.A. Mass Communications 1983


  • The Salvation Army Advisory Board
  • First Baptist Church Gadsden (Deacon Chairman 2002, 2017)
  • Young Life Gadsden
  • Back Pack program at Striplin Elementary
  • Theatre of Gadsden Advisory Board
  • Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame Board
  • A Walk Through Time portrayal at Forrest Cemetery
  • City of Gadsden Homeless Focus Group, Board Member
  • Kappa Sigma fraternity
Past Affiliations
  • Etowah County Community Development Board
  • Darden Rehabilitation Board
  • Mentor at Striplin Elementary and Disque Middle School
  • Eura Brown Elementary PTA
  • Disque Middle School PTSO
  • Gadsden High School PTSO
  • Gadsden High School Basketball Booster Club
  • Gadsden Middle School PTSO
  • Gadsden City High School PTSO
  • Gadsden City High School Band Booster Club
  • Kappa Sigma fraternity
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Theatre of Gadsden Advisory Board
  • Gadsden Quarterback Club
  • THIRST (inner city youth outreach program)
  • Etowah County Hall of Fame Board

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