People of Pickens: Marva Gipson

Marva Gipson


Mayor Marva Gipson is a native of Aliceville and a graduate R.J. Kirksey High School.  Gipson then attended Tuskegee Institute University and Miles College and began her career at the Pickens County Board of Education as a Teacher’s Aide and later as School Secretary. She was the third African American to be employed at Westinghouse Electricity Corporation, where she served as a shipping clerk/receptionist in Reform, Ala.

Gipson serves on several board in Pickens County: The Pickens County Natural Gas Board, Water & Sewer Board, Government Utility Service Board, Secretary of the Community Action Board, Aliceville Rotary, Local Alabama Democratic Committee, Aliceville Chamber of Commerce, Aliceville Industrial Board, Fraternal Order of Police, and she is also a member of New Canaan Baptist Church.

Gipson also served on the Aliceville City Council for 30 years before being elected as mayor in 2016. Pickens County Herald Editor Brian Hamilton recently sat down for an interview with Gipson.

Q: What inspired you to run for mayor?

A:“After I had served on the council for 30 years and I found out the other mayor (Billy McKenzie) wasn’t going to run again, I thought maybe I would run, and I did.”

Q: Can you describe how ecstatic you were when you won the election?

A: “I was too excited. I was really excited and ready to go forward.”

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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