Governor Kay Ivey is expected to name Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs today. Boswell will fill the post after ADECA Executive Director Jim Byard stepped down yesterday.
Boswell held a press conference a short time ago where he resigned as mayor. Enterprise City Council President and District 1 City Councilman William “Bill” Cooper is now the Mayor of Enterprise.
Boswell was born in Elba to the late Johnny and Annis Boswell and is a 1977 graduate of Elba high School. He and his wife, the former Melinda K. Modlin of New Brockton, have been married for 38 years and are the proud parents of a daughter, Alane Boswell Williams, and the grandparents of 18-month-old Gavin Williams.
He worked with Kelly Foods and later with Dorsey Trailers before beginning his service with the Alabama National Guard. The same year, in 1978, he embarked upon his longtime career as an insurance agent. Boswell Insurance Agency, Inc., won many awards in its 30 years of existence, including four prestigious Honor Ring awards.
In 1980, the Boswells purchased their first house in Enterprise and made the city their lifelong home. After his election to public office, just as he had studied to develop and expand his professional skills as an insurance agent, Mayor Boswell eagerly sought to learn more about how to be a productive official. In 2004, he became a Certified Municipal Official, and in 2006, received an Advanced Municipal Official Designation through the Alabama League of Municipalities. He also became a Certified Alabama Planning and Zoning Official through the Alabama Planning Institute, the University of North Alabama and the Alabama Chamber of the American Planning Association.
In Mayor Boswell’s 15 years of service to the city, the city has seen steady growth both economically and in population. The population has climbed in 12 of the last 14 years, rising by 31 percent overall, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The mayor’s experiences during those years have been wide-ranging, from the joy of seeing citizens benefit from new park facilities, a new civic center, repaved streets and other water system improvements to the heartbreak of seeing the city and its citizens suffer the consequences of an F4 tornado that left nine people dead and $307 million in damage. Recognized for his crisis management and disaster recovery efforts, Mayor Boswell received the 2008 Phoenix Award for Public Service After a Disaster, a prestigious honor given to him at the White House by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Mayor Boswell takes pride in the community he has served since his election in 2000 as the councilman representing District Five. In 2003, he was appointed mayor and subsequently, was reelected in 2004, 2008, 2012 and again in 2016.